It takes a variety of homes to make up a neighborhood—so why not build Green House homes in existing communities? There are those who would question whether it’s possible…but in upstate New York it’s proving to be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and a shining example of skilled nursing home care.
While many of us would clearly prefer home and community-based care, it’s estimated that 1.2 million Americans currently live in institutional facilities. This rings especially true for low-income elders and others who lack access to affordable nursing services in their area.
Green House homes offer elders a place where autonomy and choice are honored, direct skilled nursing care is a priority, and they have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work and relationships. When the home is located within a neighborhood—it also meets that desire for community-based services.
St. John’s Home in Rochester, New York opened the first two community-integrated Green House homes two months ago and will part of an evaluation of the concept over the next three years.
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