Last Updated: April 22, 2019
A model for long-term care that resembles the Eden Alternative from the 1990s, the Green House Project moves away from the one-size-fits-all philosophy and towards “person-directed care” that emphasizes autonomy, dignity and well-being.
If you haven’t yet heard of the Green House Project, chances are you will soon. Thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are already more than 100 Green House Project homes in 32 states, with more than 100 more in the works. The project’s mastermind, Dr. William Thomas, sees this as a much-needed revolution in the way America approaches senior housing. Read more about the Green House Project and how elders can live in comfort with companionship and dignity there.
A Place for Mom’s Director of Partner Development, Tiffany Wise, notes that “The Eden Alternative and Green House Project are two separate organizations with similar goals; to provide seniors the opportunity to be cared for in a non-institutionalized environment.”
The main difference between the two senior housing concepts is in the building and planning creation phases, as noted below:
The driving force behind the Green House Project is the idea that our current nursing home system needs fundamental changes to make our loved ones’ lives healthier, livelier and more meaningful. “We can use the… values of elderhood as the basis for creating real homes and communities that can nurture, protect and sustain the most vulnerable among us,” says Dr. William Thomas.
While the Green House Project is an inspiring concept, it will take some time to see its impact on traditional long-term care and senior housing.
A Place for Mom partners with the following Eden Alternative and Green House Project long-term care homes:
Families must keep in mind that senior housing accommodations should be tailored to each senior’s individual desires and needs. There are a variety of long-term care and senior housing environments that cater to specific seniors needs, from independent living to memory care.
Have you, a parent or senior loved one lived in a Green House Project community? We’d like to hear more about your experiences in the comments below.
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