Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2002
This description of William Thomas's work was prepared when William Thomas was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
Twenty years from now, the institutions that care for our society's frail and elderly will not exist in their current form. Dr. Bill Thomas is transforming long-term medical care from the current institution-oriented model into a more person-centered system. He has provided over 9,000 nursing home staff members with tools and strategies that help them create new habitats within existing facilities, and he has developed a network of 320 nursing homes in 50 states that incorporate his model. His success in rehabilitating existing facilities has provided the basis for major structural change within the long-term care industry. The next step in his vision of creating humanized care is the creation of community residences for older people that serve six to eight seniors each that will ultimately replace nursing homes.
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