Jefferson County Creates Home

By / 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.’ ”

Jefferson County Nursing Home is one of two Green House Projects in Tennessee. Ave Maria Home is a Green House Project located outside of Memphis.

Click here to read the full article about how Jefferson County is achieving great results for the elders of their community, and those who love them!