The Green House home is a residential home for a group of 10 elders. It is a place that focuses on life, and its heart is found in the relationships that flourish there.
Each elder has his/her own private living space and bathroom. Elders’ rooms receive high levels of sunlight and are situated around the hearth, an open kitchen and dining area.
Green House Homes are architecturally appealing, designed to blend in with other homes in our community.
A small sized home designed without long hallways, elders are free from the limitations of an institutional schedule and live a more comfortable daily life–sleeping, eating and engaging in activities when they choose.
The Green House is designed to be a home for ten elders. Its blends architecturally with neighboring homes, includes vibrant outdoor space, and utilizes aesthetically appealing interior features.
The first Green House homes were designed by Richard McCarty, the McCarty Company, in Tupelo, Mississippi. McCarty and Dr. Thomas collaborated to create an environment that would be a home to the elders. The result was a home where each elder has a private living space with a private bathroom. Elders’ rooms receive high levels of sunlight and are situated around the hearth, an open kitchen and dining area. While adhering to all codes required by licensure, Green House homes look and feel like home.
A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, The Green House concept alters facility size, interior design, staffing methods, and methods of delivering skilled professional services.
Developed by Dr. William Thomas and rooted in the tradition of the Eden Alternative, a model for cultural change within nursing facilities, the Green House is intended to de-institutionalize long-term care by eliminating large nursing facilities and creating rehabilitating, social settings. Its primary purpose is to serve as a place where elders can receive assistance and support with activities of daily living and clinical care, without the assistance and care becoming the focus of their existence. Each elder has a private living space with a private bathroom.
Dr. William H. Thomas is an international authority on geriatric medicine and elder care. He currently serves as a president of The Center for Growing and Becoming, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing constructive, holistic approaches to aging and the care of elders. He is also president of The Eden Alternative, a research, consulting, and advocacy group committed to improving the care received by people who live in institutions everywhere.