Massachusetts’ 2nd Green House Project Focused on Alzheimer’s Care

Published On: July 7th, 2011By Categories: Blog
Fox Hill Villages Green House Project

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The second Green House Project alternative nursing home being constructed in Massachusetts is being designed to meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Under construction by Fox Hills Village retirement communities in Westwood, Mass., the two ranch-style homes will have 12 rooms each with private bathrooms, an open kitchen and dining area shared by residents. The homes, called White Oak Cottages, will open in 2012 and will operate under the same philosophy and model as other Green House Project homes providing anti-institutional skilled nursing that puts the individual’s needs and desires first.
Massachusetts’ first Green House Project homes at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea were the nation’s first urban-designed Green Houses. The White Oak Cottages will be the first Green House homes dedicated to memory support.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, Massachusetts has 120,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s and expects a 17 percent increase by 2025.
Wicked Local Westwood news reports:

Green House Project Guide Bill Keane said the homes are specifically targeted to combat what he calls the three plagues of aging: loneliness, hopelessness, and boredom.
“[Green House founder Bill Thomas] came to the conclusion that he really needed to think outside the box in terms of long term living rather than long term care or dying,” Keane said. “He envisioned a model of small houses with a private bedroom and bathroom and all the amenities of living in a family home with privacy. Then you do all the other stuff- like provide a safe and secure area and all the services that frail older adults would get in a skilled nursing home.”
As a memory support facility, Amico said it won’t be licensed to provide medical attention.
“We already have a skilled nursing facility on site,” Amico said. “The idea is, instead of paying for all that extra nursing and medical support that the residents don’t really need, you’re only paying for regular staff.”
Read more: Westwood Alzheimer’s home to be first of its kind in state – Westwood, MA – Westwood Press

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