A lot has changed since the inception of “nursing homes.” In fact, very little remains the same other than having the similar goal of caring for seniors.
It all began back in 1935 with the Social Security Act which instituted the idea of a nursing home. A wing of a hospital was the designated space to be used for senior care. In those days, people as young as 65 were often considered seniors in need of end-of-life care. There was very little understanding of the whole aging process or how to best care for seniors. And unfortunately, nursing homes simply weren’t regulated