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2015: A Year of Remarkable Growth

Banner signed at the 2015 Annual Meeting by Green House adopters

2015 was a year of remarkable growth for The Green House Project. We are coming to a community near you, and our name is recognized as the pinnacle of long term care innovation. The Peer Network is one of those crucial elements that sets us apart and as our network grows, we develop and evolve because of their wisdom. The 8th Annual Green House Meeting was a powerful convening of this network. Green House adopters from around the country come together to learn from leaders in the field and each other.  They gain energy and successful practices toward continued success. To support this sustainability and apply the results of the THRIVE research that will be published in 2016, The Green House Project Thrive-logoreleased a tool to gauge model integrity. This tool will ensure that The Green House core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff thrive in all organizations who are living this model every day.

The Green House Project receives a great deal of recognition and media coverage. Here’s just a small sampling of the dozens of stories and accolades over the last few months.

  • Green House Project Founder Hailed as top “Influencer in Aging.” In its first annual list of people that are changing aging and how we think about aging, Next Avenue recognized The Green House Project’s founder Bill Thomas. Read more.
  • The New York Times Highlights Green House Homes. In a recently published story on the trend toward smaller nursing home residences, the author highlights the Green House model. Read more. The_New_York_Times
  •  Recognition at Annual LeadingAge Conference. At this year’s conference in Boston, thousands of attendees got to hear Atul Gawande’s keynote, where he discussed The Green House model and specifically called out the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, MA. Read more. Dr. Eleanor Barbera of McKnight’s visited the Leonard Florence Center while attending the conference and wrote about it. Read more.

The Green House Project is about to end an historic year – there are now 185 Green House homes open in 28 states. Here’s just a sampling of some of the news from Green House projects around the country over the last few months:

  • Washington County (Colorado) Nursing Home Groundbreaking. In a total replacement of its current nursing home, Washington County will be developing 4 Green House homes. This is the second project in Colorado. Read more.
  • Saint Elizabeth Groundbreaking – First in Rhode Island. Rhode Island breaks its moratorium on new nursing home development to approve the first Green House homes in the state. Read More.

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    Groundbreaking at Saint Elizabeth’s Community in Rhode Island
  • Morris Hall Meadows (NJ) Grand Opening. In October, Morris Hall Meadows opened 6 new Green House homes, making it the second Green House project in New Jersey. Read More.
  • Clark-Lindsey (IL) Groundbreaking. In September, Clark-Lindsey broke ground on two Green House homes that will be dedicated to dementia care. This is a major step forward for Illinois providers and regulatory offices looking to spur innovation in the state. Read More.

As we look with hope and gratitude toward the new year, please take a moment to hear Doris Delanus, an elder who lived at The Village of Redford in Michigan, tell us about what these homes mean to her.  Elders Rule! 

Portrait of a Green House Elder: Doris Delanus (2 mins 42 secs) from The Green House Project on Vimeo.

Summer Fun 2013

This summer, Elders across the country in Green House homes took advantage of all that summer time has to offer.  There were old fashioned picnics, gardening, barbecues, concerts, car shows, and quality time spent relaxing on the porch in good company and good music. Elders in the Green House homes did it all.   Summer might be over, but you can still get a glimpse into the fun through the Summer Fun 2013 photo album.

Tell us about what you did this summer!



REGISTRATION for Coaching Supervision: April 16-18, 2013

THE GREEN HOUSE® Coaching Supervision Program is a highly interactive workshop available exclusively to Green House Guides and Directors of Nursing. The program will be held at The Green House Project office in Arlington, VA.

Purpose: To prepare Green House Guides and Directors of Nursing in their roles as coaching supervisors and partners to the self-managed work team.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the primary roles of a supervisor, the importance of supervision in long-term care, and the role of the Guide and the DON in The GHeen house model relative to supervision
  • Understand the principles and practices of a coaching-based approach to supervising and guiding individuals in self-managed work teams
  • Use coachining-based communication and problem-solving skills, especially active listening, maintaining appropriate emotional control, and presenting information objectively, without blame or judgment
  • Relate to employees and teams in a supportive manner, with empathy, while also offering clear feedback about expectations, problems, and their consequences
  • Help employees and teams to consider different perspectives and possibilites and help them actively make decisions to address problematic behaviors
  • Practice the skills of coaching superision in one-to-one interactions with teams
  • Explore how the role of the leader shifts as she or he adopts several leadership approaches that empoewr self-managed work teams
  • Address the impact of power and authority in a coaching relationship as it relates to individuals and self-managed teams

There is no cost to Green House organizations to register. Lunch will be provided during the training, although other participants will be responsible for other expenses (ex. travel, hotel, remaining meals).

More logistics will be available upon registration (below). The deadline for registration is  March 15, 2013. 

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The Peer Network – An Intentional Community of Green House Adopters

Adopters of The Green House model are intrinsically bound by their common commitment to elders, empowering caregivers and creating intentional communities that facilitate growth for all who live and work there. Like any group of professionals, GHP adopters share a need to network, collaborate and celebrate the wonderful work they do with others in their field.

Geographic isolation is one obstacle to personal interaction among Green House adopters. Adopters live and work in communities separated by hundreds and even thousands of miles. Another barrier to relationship building that GHP adopters face is cultural isolation. GHP adopters often experience isolation from their peers in the greater long-term care community because dramatic differences between The Green House model and traditional, institutional models of long-term care are often not widely appreciated.

Despite obstacles such as geographic and cultural isolation, The Green House Project Peer Network is evolving into an increasingly invaluable resource for GHP adopters. Built on the concept that working, sharing and celebrating together turns like-minded individuals into a vibrant community, the Peer Network is successfully circumventing the challenges inherent to geographic and cultural isolation. GHP adopters have embraced a long-term strategic plan that relies on careful management of their time and resources to facilitate opportunities for meaningful collaboration, celebration and relationship building.
The Peer Network will feature committees focused on areas of mutual need and interest such as education and peer support, model integrity, regulation, public policy and development of the next generations of Green House adopters. The Peer Network will work in a close partnership with the Green House Project Initiative staff on a wide array of issues that are crucial to the continued success and growth of The Green House model.

The Peer Network will utilize a blend of social media technology and in-person gatherings to facilitate regular interaction among adopters and members of The Green House Project team. Peer Network members will be active participants in their network as they plan and implement strategies aimed at supporting one another’s continued success and the promotion of model growth.

This is an incredibly exciting time in the evolution of the community of Green House Project adopters known as the Peer Network. The path they have chosen will lead them to fully realize the potential of their community. As a result they will emerge as stronger advocates for elderhood and the empowerment of caregivers. Their wealth of knowledge, passion and experience will be leveraged to carry The Green House movement far into the future.

The Green House Project Welcomes New Team Members

The Green House Project welcomes two new team members!

We are so pleased to welcome Peer Network Director, Dan Klein, and Project Associate, Heather Marshall to our team!

Dan is joining the project from the New Hampshire Health Care Association, where he served as Assistant Executive Director. In this role, Dan was instrumental in areas of policy, communication, research, and advocacy. One of Dan’s achievements was to serve as the primary facilitator and advocate for Seniors Aid New Hampshire, a coalition of nursing home and assisted living community residents who lobby state and federal governments and raise money for charities.  In his role as The Green House Peer Network Director, Dan will facilitate and explore ways in which education, information, and accountability support project success.

He can be reached via e-mail at:

We also welcome Project Associate, Heather Marshall.  Heather’s education and experience will make her a valuable asset to the team.   As an intern at National Council on Aging (NCOA) , she participated in many creative, evidence-based solutions to the issues impacting elders.  This experience bolstered her opinion that sustainable solutions require education, support, and investment from the entire community. As a student at the Brown School of Social Work, she tailored her curriculum to focus on gerontology and more specifically, the mental health needs of older adults.  In addition to this coursework, a previous internship and subsequent work experience at Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services further developed her skills and passion for elders.  As a Project Associate, Heather will partner with a Project Guide to jointly support long-term care organizations interested in embracing the Green House model to improve the lives of elders. education.

Project Associate, Heather Marshall

Heather can be reached at: