Green House Blog

Touring The Green House Home

Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, explains the design and theory behind The Green House small-home model, including individual and self-sufficient homes, open kitchens, hearth areas, private bedrooms and baths, and innovative technology. Dr. Thomas discusses how the design supports the elders, flexible operations, and intentional community.

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Getting to Know The Green House Model: A Talk with Dr. Bill Thomas Part 2

Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, explains how the unique staff roles play a core role in supporting meaningful lives in Green House homes. This clip highlights the role of the Shahbazim as well as the broader, self-directed staffing approach and how it allows Green House homes to fully utilize the skills and compassion that all staff bring to their work.

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The Green House Model: An Overview

This clip provides an overview of The Green House model’s radical redesign that puts elders in charge, supported by the transformed philosophy, operations and environment. It also highlights the critical role of the self-managed work team in the redesign and in creating enduring results, including more fulfilling jobs.

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Getting to Know The Green House Model: A Talk with Dr. Bill Thomas Part 3

Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, discusses the pioneering role of The Green House model in supporting deep culture change in its efforts to transform institutional care. Dr. Thomas explains The Green House model’s deliberate enabling environment and its positive impact on elders, family and staff.

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At the Table: Dining and Nutrition in The Green House Model

A dietician from a Green House home highlights how eating meals together and home cooking that includes the elders creates real community and stimulates appetites. She also discusses how The Green House model’s approach to meals allows her to meet and exceed required nutritional guidelines.

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Green House Living for Sheridan

Sheridan, WY

Operating: 0
In Development: 4
Square Feet per Home: 0

Description
“Have you heard about The Green House Project?” This question was first asked several years ago by a caregiver at the Sheridan Senior Center in Sheridan, Wyoming. The Center later participated in the PBS documentary, “And Thou Shalt Honor,” a poignant film illustrating the many aspects of caregiving. Again, they were asked if they had heard of The Green House Project. After observing the Center’s passion for improving the lives of elders, the filmmaker commented, “Sheridan would be a great place to get this started!” Guided by an interdisciplinary team of community, industry, and government leaders, Green House Living for Sheridan will build four homes on more than two acres of land, conveniently located one mile west of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

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Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh Green House Homes

Oshkosh, WI

Operating: 2
In Development: 0
Square Feet per Home: 7081

Description
A departure from traditional skilled nursing models, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh Green House Homes will be a place where elders, their families and the staff engage in meaningful relationships. With equality, empowerment and mutual respect at the core of these relationships, elders will enjoy an excellent quality of life and quality of care. Following an innovative architectural approach, the 10-bedroom Green House homes offer a unique layout, interior design, staffing, and methods of delivering professional services. The spacious, sunlit, private bedrooms are situated around an inviting hearth, and residents will enjoy private bathrooms and an open kitchen and dining area.

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Jamie's Place

Winthrop, WA

Operating: 3
In Development: 2
Square Feet per Home: 0

Description
Jaime’s Place Adult Family Home has six individual bedrooms with private bathrooms. We have an awake staff attending and giving personalized care 24 hours a day. Our home is a showcase of the national Green House Project concept. Our priority is to provide a home for Methow Valley residents. We enjoy family visitors, who sometimes bring or cook a dinner for everyone, and the staff cooks the residents’ favorites on the menu.

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Jamie’s Place

Winthrop, WA

Operating: 3
In Development: 2
Square Feet per Home: 0

Description
Jaime’s Place Adult Family Home has six individual bedrooms with private bathrooms. We have an awake staff attending and giving personalized care 24 hours a day. Our home is a showcase of the national Green House Project concept. Our priority is to provide a home for Methow Valley residents. We enjoy family visitors, who sometimes bring or cook a dinner for everyone, and the staff cooks the residents’ favorites on the menu.

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Woodland Park Green House Homes at VMRC

Harrisonburg, VA

Operating: 0
In Development: 10
Square Feet per Home: 6700

Description
VMRC is committed to being a leading resource in providing quality homes and services that people want and need to age well. The plans for VMRC’s Green House project include the total replacement of a 120-bed nursing facility to develop 10 Green House homes in two campaign phases. Six Green House homes are in development in Phase I; four homes will be developed in Phase II.

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