Green House is an innovative model for residential long-term care based on a total rethinking of the philosophy of care, architecture and organizational structure normally associated with long-term care. Given the level of care and support provided to elders, the Green House model is burgeoning across the country. The success of this model and the autonomy it provides its residents has led to the 50th Green House opening in the United States a full year earlier than anticipated. A Parade Magazine article from May 31, 2009, "Where to Life as We Age," takes a look inside the Green House concept.
Green House homes are self-contained dwellings for seven to 10 people, designed to look like private homes or apartments in the surrounding community, and are typically licensed as skilled nursing, or in certain circumstances, as assisted living facilities, and meet all applicable federal and state regulatory requirements. The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a daily routine that meets individual needs. If they wish, people who live there can help cook meals, prepare snacks and help with light housekeeping and laundry. There is no predetermined institutional routine, allowing elders to be more independent and to continue to pursue lifelong interests as well as develop new ones.