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Fighting the Plague of Lonliness is a matter of Life and Death

According to the Washington Post, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that actual social isolation can increase the liklihood of death among elders by 26%.

The Green House model is designed to combat the plagues of lonliness, boredom and helplessness.  In The Green House model, the reorganization of the workforce model shifts power into the home and creates 4 times more meaningful interaction with elders than in traditional long term care.  Additionally, because of the small size and consistent staffing, all people in the home are deeply known as creative, resourceful and whole beings.

Much more than reported lonliness, “Social isolation has practical as well as emotional aspects,” says Andrew Steptoe, one of the study’s authors. “People with few social contacts may not have people around them who can give them advice, recommend that they go to a doctor with symptoms, ensure that they maintain healthy lifestyles, or perhaps they don’t have anyone around when they experience acute symptoms.”

We all have this need to be known, to feel safe, and that we have people around us who care.  In Green House homes, this need for connectedness is intentionally built into every aspect of the model, and can be seen in the positive outcomes that come from real home.