As a growing segment of the U.S. population ages, the state of nursing homes has come under increased scrutiny. Often, such facilities are considered the last resort for the country's estimated 1.5 million senior citizens.
And as demographics suggest that these numbers will balloon over the coming decades, more people are looking at ways to improve the quality and diversity of elder care options.
One such effort is the Green House Project, which promotes smaller and more flexible facilities where residents feel less like they're in an institution and more like they're at home.
We talk to the project's director and other guests about the changing face of nursing homes in America.
Bill Thomas, founder of the Green House Project, an effort to make end-of-life care more personalized and reduce the size of nursing homes
Joseph Shapiro, NPR science correspondent
Catharine Hawes, director of the Program for Aging and Longterm Care Policy at Texas A&M Health Science Center
Brenda Jennings, registered nurse and Neighborhood Coordinator for Providence Mt. St. Vincent, a nursing home in Seattle, Wash.