Bill Thomas: The Nursing Home Abolitionist

With his "Green House model," Thomas redefined the long-term care environment and turned the old nursing home model upside down.

For decades the popular image of the typical nursing home has been one of confinement—a sort of hybrid hospital/prison. It features zonked-out old people tied to wheelchairs nodding off in long, featureless corridors or crying out for help from steel-framed beds. Small wonder that elder moms and dads pledge their offspring to “never send me to a nursing home, I’d…