The Green House Project Takes on New Relevance

This not-for-profit organization committed to redefining traditional nursing homes has garnered extensive media exposure for defying the odds. … “The Pandemic has informed what we’re doing and the fact that we can’t continue to have large buildings with many people under one roof,” said Susan Ryan, senior director at The Green House Project. “The Pandemic underscored the need for both Green House Project homes and Green House 2.0.”

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  • “The Green House model costs no more to the consumer than traditional facilities and offers a philosophy of care that emphasizes quality of life, emotional well-being, and elder choice. That has led to everything from better clinical outcomes to higher levels of family and elder satisfaction and lower depression rates among elders.”

  • Those that build Green Houses or provide private rooms, for example, could get paid a higher rate from Medicaid, John Ponthie adds. The government could also offer more low-interest construction financing.

  • The word “facility” was outlawed when talking about the Green House Project. The word “home” evolved to mean “facility” in the past, but we’re taking it back and embracing the real meaning. It’s never going to be exactly like a person’s very own home, but the concept of care revolves around each individual and their preferences and their needs, their lifestyle, their skills and abilities, their memories.

  • “What we’re building is a Green House Project model; it’s a small-hearth home model, so for example if there’s a resident whose family wants to come and bake cookies, they can do that in the common kitchen. The whole effort is to make it feel like home and not a facility.”