Household Model

In the Wayne County Nursing Home Household Model, the old "hospital" model that became so prevalent in nursing facilities throughout the nation in the 1960s is gone. There are no large central nursing stations with residents parked around it in geri-chairs. There are no long, isolating hallways of hospital rooms. The noise of carts and equipment doesn't disturb the pleasant, calm atmosphere.

The Household Model focuses on creating a home. The households consist of small groups of residents, and each household is designed with amenities to resemble a traditional family home. The result is more privacy for residents, a calm, quiet environment, a sense of normalcy, and more chances to interact in quality relationships with fellow residents, staff, and family.

The Pioneer Movement

The Household Model comes out of a philosophy on aging and long- term care that is known as The Pioneer Movement, a philosophy which originated in Scandinavia. This common sense thinking offers the idea that human beings of any age have a need to have a normal lifestyle, to nurture one's soul, and to take care of the whole person. This is the model on which long-term care should be built.


  • Full kitchens with professionally decorated dining rooms
  • Smaller living rooms with entertainment units
  • Reception desks and fireplaces at each entrance
  • Laundry for 24 people
  • Small groups of residents -- 48 residents in each Household, subdivided into living areas of 12 residents to a living/activity area
  • Integration of all things home-like
  • Pets Since the mid-1990's, WCNH has instituted live-in kitties, before pets were allowed in any nursing home!
  • Plants, fish aquariums for all to enjoy
  • Patio & garden