By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on April 16th, 2012
Jefferson County Green House homes, nestled in the Smokey Mountains, are an ideal place to enjoy life in a tight knit community. Knoxnews.com, recognized that there is something special happening within this organization and took a deeper look:
In the houses, elders, many of whom have dementia, have private rooms; they can bring a recliner and dresser from home. There’s lots of natural light around the airy “common” areas: a hearth area, with conversational seating around a fireplace; a dining room adjacent to an open kitchen, with one large table around which residents and staff eat meals together; and a sitting room with a television and games.
Roger Mynatt, administrator, reflects back on his decision to pursue Green House homes, “it looked like home. It was just such a difference from the traditional institution. The board saw that the elders had better quality of life, and that it was a good situation for the staff, and they wanted it. They thought, ‘That’s what we need.’ ”
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