Green House Homes Grow Up

The founder of the Green House Project, Bill Thomas, MD, has been credited with being an instrumental player in the recent culture change movement—a movement that has changed the way the industry looks at long-term elder care. Provider Magazine featured the Green House Project in its May 2010 cover story, calling it “the pinnacle” of this movement.

A model that breaks the mold of institutional care by creating small homes for six to 10 ‘elders’ who require skilled nursing or assisted living care. The homes, which are designed for the purpose of offering ‘privacy, autonomy, support, enjoyment, and a place to call home,’ are a radical departure from traditional skilled nursing facilities and are considered to be the peak of culture change.

Provider also describes the expansion of Green House single-story homes to a multi-story concept as a new “standard for urban high-density design.”

Since the first Green House home opened in 2003, the project has now spread to 26 states, with 86 Green House homes open in 15 states and another 125 homes in development or construction in an additional 11 states.

The story features new research about Green House homes, including two evaluation studies indicating that, over the long term, the model is a sound investment. The studies found more direct care time spent on direct care activities – up to 31 minutes more per resident per day! Among those living in Green House homes, there have been increased reports of mobility and social interaction, and fewer reports of weight loss and depression.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is proud to support the work of the Green House Project to replicate the model and continue the spread of culture change and Green House homes.