The Green House Project, ACH Group celebrate milestone in care for older people everywhere
LINTHICUM, MD. AND ELIZABETH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, September 21, 2023 – ACH Group in Australia on Wednesday formally opened Healthia, the first full implementation of the Green House care model outside of the United States.
After staff from The Green House Project (GHP) traveled to Australia to provide education and support this past summer, residents began moving into Healthia in August. ACH Group marked the formal grand opening Wednesday with a special reception for the community and area officials, including the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton MP.
Susan Ryan, CEO of the Center for Innovation – the non-profit parent of The Green House Project and Pioneer Network – appeared via video to celebrate the occasion.
“The power of dignified, person-directed care is universal across borders, languages, and cultures,” Ryan said. “Working with ACH Group to implement the Green House model has shown the world that small, intentional care communities can work everywhere.”
Since 2003, GHP has worked with providers across the United States to build small-home alternatives to traditional nursing homes. With private rooms and bathrooms, ample outdoor space, and a person-directed care philosophy, these homes of no more than 10 to 12 residents have redefined the standard for empowering and high-quality eldercare.
“Healthia will improve health outcomes for the local community, support the hospital system, and reimagine aged care,” ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said. “The residential care home responds to a generation shift in expectations.”
Healthia will serve 96 elders across eight homes in Elizabeth, South Australia, a suburb of Adelaide.
“Opening the first fully implemented Green House homes outside the U.S. is both a milestone for our movement and the next step toward bringing high-quality, empowering care to even more people around the world,” Ryan said. “ACH Group has been an incredible partner in this journey, and CFI thanks everyone at the organization for their vision and dedication to doing something different for older adults.”
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 live 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.