Nursing homes of old were modeled for the efficiency of the staff, many being replicas of WWII military hospitals. Times are, thankfully, changing. Much of this change in the US has been lead by people involved in the Pioneer Network, an organization dedicated to culture change in elder care. However, world-wide, culture change in the care of the aged is happening in a big way.
An article on ABC News titled Alzheimer’s Disease: Dutch Village Doubles as Nursing Home, describes a Dutch Village that resembles, according to the article, a stage setting in that the residents live in such a village like atmosphere with a familiar, homey feel, while the actual nursing home activity goes on “backstage.”