20 for 20: GHP Expands into Assisted Living

Published On: February 16th, 2023By Categories: Blog

The Green House model was initially developed as a replacement for traditional long-term nursing homes, but partners quickly realized that the core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life, and Empowered Staff could apply to multiple other services historically provided in institutional settings.

Lifestream, a senior living operator in Arizona, became the first organization to open assisted living Green House homes in 2007; that same year, Jamie’s Place in Washington state opened the first of two adult family homes, a state-specific license that covers small residential care communities. Today, about 20% of the homes in operation are licensed as assisted living.

Over the years and across the country, a variety of organizations have expanded the Green House model to include:

  • Short-term rehabilitation, such as the Cottages of Lake St. Louis in Missouri and The New Jewish Home’s Rehabilitation and Community Healthcare Center; once open, the latter will be the first purpose-built Green House community dedicated exclusively to short-term rehabilitation
  • The Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, Mass., which provides empowering care for people living with ALS and multiple sclerosis
  • The Wyoming Life Resource Center, which replaced its traditional residential facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with Green House homes
  • Multiple veterans’ homes, including the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center outside of Chicago

Simply put, Green House homes provide supportive, empowering, and dignified care for people who previously were forced to live in outdated institutions. Together with our new allies at Pioneer and operating partners around the world, GHP will continue to innovate and bring our core values to even more elders and people living with disabilities.