Q&A With Kathleen Unroe From the Regenstrief Institute: Changing Nursing Homes No Easy or Insurmountable Task

Nursing homes across the country have been operating with the same procedures for many years. While a new way of approaching care may take some getting used to and have some initial costs the end result could be beneficial in the long run.

Nursing homes across the country have been operating with the same procedures for many years. While a new way of approaching care may take some getting used to and have some initial costs the end result could be beneficial in the long run.

Kathleen Unroe, MD, from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University said they have seen success by putting extra people to work in nursing homes which benefits not only the other employees but also the patients at large. "Avoidable hospitalizations, it's an outcome that is of interest to policy makers because it absolutely epitomizes unnecessary spending and waste in our system," she said.