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Committed to radically changing the delivery of nursing care for people living with dementia

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Arlington, Virginia (May 5, 2015) — Clark-Lindsey Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Urbana, Illinois, will be working with The Green House Project, a not-for-profit that is part of Capital Impact’s Community Solutions Group, to develop the first Green House homes in the state not located on federal land. Clark-Lindsey plans to open two certified Green House homes in 2016.

Committed to promoting wellness on their campus, the Clark-Lindsey board made a decision to ensure that their mission extended to all residents, including those living with dementia, “We want to be a place for residents, family members, employees, and the community to grow, socially, intellectually, physically and spiritually. Pursuing The Green House core values of meaningful life, real home and empowered staff will deepen our efforts,” says Kristy Stoker, Green House guide. The new Green House homes will house up to 12 elders and have been designed from the bottom up to look and feel like a real home.

Research shows that a Green House home’s intimate layout, combined with its innovative staffing, provides four times more personal and social contact than typical nursing homes. In an effort to create culture change across the campus, Clark-Lindsey will work with The Green House Project to bring Green House principles into their legacy nursing home as well.

“Clark-Lindsey Village is helping to change the face of long-term care. Our choice to partner with The Green House Project came from the knowledge that they would help support us in our small home journey and, when needed, to help challenge us to re-think our traditional practices within our existing campus. We have appreciated the support they have provided as we work towards aligning our existing culture of excellence with the Green House values,” said Deb Reardanz, CEO, “In addition to the impact that Green House is already having on our campus, it’s also a great privilege to be a leader in the state of Illinois. We are excited to be part of the team that will help clear the regulatory challenges that sometimes make it difficult to move beyond the traditional institutional approach for providing skilled nursing care.”

Clark-Lindsey Village is part of a larger effort nationwide to dramatically improve the way aging Americans receive long-term care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Capital Impact Partners, The Green House Project has developed 173 homes in 27 states to date.

“Regardless of ability, every aging American should have the opportunity to receive high-quality care with dignity,” said Scott Brown, Director of Outreach for The Green House Project. “By choosing The Green House model, Clark-Lindsey Village is affirming their mission to provide elders with the greatest needs new options to help them lead robust and meaningful lives,” continued Brown. “We look forward to partnering with their organization, and expanding access to new and meaningful care options for people living with dementia”

About The Green House Project
Based in Arlington, Virginia, The Green House Project promotes an alternative to the traditional, institutional skilled nursing, replacing it with an innovative new model that balances quality of life with quality of care. In the Green House model, large nursing facilities are replaced with small, self-contained homes that include private bedrooms and baths, home-cooked meals and access to the outdoors, while meeting all skilled nursing regulatory and reimbursement criteria. Incorporating the core values of meaningful life, real home and empowered staff, The Green House model creates a higher quality of life, improved medical outcomes, and greater caregiver satisfaction. There are currently more than 170 Green House homes in 27 states. The Green House Project is an initiative within Capital Impact Partners’ Community Solutions Group, and received initial funding through grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more, visit our website at

About Clark Lindsey Village: Clark-Lindsey, East Central Illinois’ premier retirement community, is situated on 28 acres bordering Urbana’s Meadowbrook Park. Clark-Lindsey is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located on the edge of the beautiful University of Illinois campus. For more than 30 years, they have provided residents with exceptional service that has earned them an outstanding reputation throughout the state. As the only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Champaign County. On one campus you can find independent living in The Villas and The Village apartments, and you can find Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care and Renewal Therapy Center within Meadowbrook Health Center. There are 16 villas and 132 Village apartments, 17 assisted living rooms, 58 long term skilled care beds, and 25 short-term rehab beds.

About The Green House Project: The Green House Project is a radically new, national model for skilled-nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self-contained homes organized to deliver individualized care, meaningful relationships and better direct care jobs through a self-managed team of direct care staff working in cross-trained roles. Green House homes meet all state and federal regulatory and reimbursement criteria for skilled-nursing facilities.

Rachel Scher McLean, The Green House Project, 703-647-2345,
Kristy Stoker, Clark Lindsey Village, 217-344-2144 ,