PBS Documents Bid to Build a Better Nursing Home The PBS documentary film Almost Home tells the story of people who end up in nursing homes and chronicles how one man -- John George -- is trying to improve the experience.
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PBS Documents Bid to Build a Better Nursing Home

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Dolores Haig and her husband live at the St. John's on the Lake nursing home. PBS.org hide caption

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The PBS documentary film Almost Home tells the story of people who end up in nursing homes and chronicles how one man is trying to improve the experience.

John George has labored to make the 50-bed St. John's on the Lake facility in Milwaukee, Wisc., far less institutional than the typical setting. He has experimented with cocktail hours and with letting residents paint their own rooms.

The documentary crew spent 14 months following George, his staff and many of the home's residents. George talks about the experience with Debbie Elliott.