The Green House Project
The Green House® project is a cutting edge model that redesigns long-term care in the United States. This model was developed by Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard trained geriatrician. The Green House model fundamentally transforms the philosophy of care, the architecture and the organizational structures of long term care to create homes that offer meaningful daily life and high quality care.
Green House homes offer:
- small, self-contained houses with 10 to 12 private bedrooms and private bathrooms for each elder
- a specially trained staff of versatile workers who serve as managers of the home
- operating principles that focus on the elders’ needs for nurture, choice, and recognition of individual interests and preferences
- an emphasis on respectful relationships among all people who live and work in the home
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded the rapid replication of the Green House model. There are now over 200 houses in operation or development in 27 states. You can learn more about The Green House Project at www.thegreenhouseproject.org.
Photography courtesy of The Green House Project and Lynn Johnson.