The more than 2.1 million people living in nursing homes and residential care communities in the United States have emerged as a group hit particularly hard by the pandemic. There have been approximately 101,000 COVID-19 deaths in these long-term care facilities, accounting for about 39% of virus-related deaths nationwide.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Ariadne Labs began exploring ways to address this crisis in nursing homes. Our initial research quickly uncovered deeper structural problems in long term care facilities, exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic. Urgent change is required to transform nursing homes into sites of clinical excellence, where we can offer the best of healthcare in a home-like setting. Ariadne Labs has committed to support a year of design work to develop a new model of care in nursing homes, including a suite of tools that supports structural changes in care delivery with expected positive outcomes for both staff and residents. Our model is built on a framework of integrating the best of healthcare with the best of home in these long term care facilities.