Green House homes are a viable lifestyle choice for communities of the future

By / Posted on January 28th, 2013

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) sees Green House homes as a model that consumers prefer, and will demand.  A recent piece on this model for skilled nursing care highlights consumer research that found informal caregivers willing to drive further and pay more to have this as an option in their community, ” The enthusiasm among informal caregivers doesn’t just bode well for this market in the immediate future, but also in the longer term, when millions of boomers will need care themselves. Surveys show that as boomers age, they will greatly value — perhaps more than any prior generation — the independence and amenities that a home setting affords.”

The next evolution of The Green House model is to not just build real homes on an existing nursing home campus, but to embed the homes directly in the community.  At St. John’s home in Rochester, they have done just that..

Nestled among the rest of Arbor Ridge’s new homes and residential amenities are two Green House homes, which have been built from the ground up to deliver the highest quality skilled-nursing care in a setting that looks and feels — both inside and out — like a real home. Both homes are operated by St. John’s Home, , and each provides a home for up to 10 elders, each with private rooms and bathrooms. Elders set their own schedules, eat home-cooked meals made in the home’s open kitchen, and share good company by the fire in a real living room.  

This article speaks to builders and devlopers who are hoping to bring this option to their communities and provides information about how to partner with The Green House Project. “As America’s population rapidly ages, communities must increasingly offer a mix of housing options, and that includes long-term care for those who can no longer care for themselves. Like parks and good schools, Green House homes have the potential to not only to improve individual lives, but also to enhance whole neighborhoods. They are a practical way to meet the needs of families today — and in the years to come.”  Click here to read the full article.