THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Homes: Building Connections
Aging is the continuation of a journey. Yet too often, long-term care treats it as the end of one—consequently stealing from elders their sense of independence and important community connections. THE GREEN HOUSE® Project re-imagines long-term care to ensure that aging is a dignified growth experience.
Created from the ground up to foster the same feeling and experience you get from living in a real home, Green House homes offer elders high-quality clinical care based on a person-directed, relationship-based philosophy. Each home is designed for 10 to 12 elders, keeping it flexible and maintaining a warm feel. The comfort of private rooms and bathrooms are combined with the family-like atmosphere of open common spaces. Green House homes treat everyday tasks, such as personal care, bathing and mealtime, as opportunities to support elder autonomy, decision-making and meaningful engagement.
Mirasol Green House Homes
For providers, securing funding can be a great challenge. When a community organization in Loveland, Colorado began looking to fill a care gap in their region, they never expected such a diverse group of supporters to work together to finance the project. Yet that’s exactly what happened.
In 2013, the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland, Colorado, broke ground to add affordable, first-class skilled nursing care to the Mirasol Senior Living Community. When they started talking to potential partners, the Green House model resonated. Funders were energized by the story: a nursing home that wouldn’t be a place to “put people,” but a place for people to grow in, a place that celebrates the dignity of elderhood.
Thanks to a broad partnership providing access to creative financing, the $16.8 million group of six Green House Homes will sustainably serve a minimum of 40 percent dual-eligible elders. The Mirasol homes will open in the fall of this year.
Leonard Florence Center for Living
For elders, hospital re-admittance during or after rehabilitation is a big risk. When it happens, their health suffers, and the costs mount up for insurance companies and government payers. Short-term stay specialized Green House Homes can help elders rehabilitate quickly and return home confidently.
At the Leonard Florence Center for Living Green House Homes, elders physically re-learn how to thrive in a home setting all day, every day—because every room looks and feels like what they’ll find at home. Each elder also has a medicine cabinet in their private room, where nurses personally educate them on medication management, better preparing them to control and adhere to their regimens when they return home.
Furthermore, the Green House social environment also plays an important role in rehabilitation. Elders sit around a table each day together, sharing how they are doing—supporting and encouraging one another.
By making elders feel truly at home during this delicate health transition, the Green House model helps them rehabilitate faster—and in a safer environment.