Provider to operate first Green House community outside of the U.S.
Linthicum, Md. and Elizabeth, South Australia, April 18, 2023 – The Center for Innovation (CFI) and ACH Group today announce that the Green House model of empowered eldercare will soon be implemented in Australia, marking the first formal expansion of the model outside of the United States.
ACH Group, a provider based in South Australia, will implement the Green House model into its newest residential care home, Healthia, scheduled to open in Elizabeth in August 2023.
“Introducing the Green House model of care outside of the U.S. is such a significant milestone for our organization, and we’re so pleased that ACH Group is the local operating partner that will make it happen,” CFI CEO Susan Ryan said.
Since 2003, the Green House model has provided a vital alternative to traditional nursing homes and assisted living communities. With private rooms and bathrooms, ample outdoor space, and an elder-directed care philosophy, these small homes of no more than 10 to 12 elders have redefined the standard for empowering and high-quality eldercare.
Operating partners across the U.S. have built and maintained nearly 400 Green House homes over the last 20 years. While several international organizations have adapted the Green House principles to their operations, Healthia marks the first community outside of the country to implement the model in its entirety.
“Residents living at Healthia will feel an increased sense of control, have an improved quality of life, and a fulfilling and positive experience,” ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said. “There is an increasing urgency and growing expectation for change in Australia– driven by residents, customers, workers, and regulators alike – to move to a model of care where the priority is the older person’s preferences and staff skills are developed and nurtured. The Green House Project delivers this.”
Leaders from CFI – the non-profit parent organization of both The Green House Project and Pioneer Network – will travel to Australia over the coming months to provide training and operational support ahead of the August opening.
“ACH Group’s commitment to reimagining care services was clear from my very first conversations with leadership, and we can’t wait to partner with ACH Group,” Ryan said. “Together, we can create the empowering services and supports that older people in Australia, and everywhere else around the world, truly deserve.”
About the Center for Innovation
The Center for Innovation is the parent organization of The Green House Project and Pioneer Network, two non-profit groups dedicated to building the next generation of high-quality, empowering services and supports for elders. Whether we’re helping providers build small-home alternatives to traditional communal care settings, changing the operational culture of existing communities, or providing workforce training, CFI is the catalyst for person-directed living and empowered cultures in the community of one’s choice.
About ACH Group
ACH Group is a non-profit organization that has been offering services to support older people in living good lives since 1952.
As well as accommodation options across Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula, ACH Group offers a range of health, wellbeing, respite and support services, help at home, and social experiences.
ACH Group’s 1,900 specialist staff and hundreds of volunteers share the belief that older people should be valued and respected, connected to their communities, and in control of their lives.
Alex Spanko, Director of Communications