“Green Houses”: a healthier take on nursing homes

A Philadelphia Inquirer article recently reported about a certified nursing assistant working in a “Green House.” The Green House is a small assisted living home with just 10 residents. Nursing aides enjoy their occupation because they get to spend quality time with the residents. The Green House looks like a new home – located on residential streets, with pitched roofs, shutters, and a garden. The hallway feels like a home – with a vase and flowers on a small table, opening up into one large living area. However, the residents are just as frail, sick, and elderly as any other nursing home with one major difference: they are very happy.

The Green House concept was first conceived by Bill Thomas, the pioneer behind the Eden Alternative. There are Green Houses in Mississippi, Nebraska, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. There are two registered Eden Alternative homes in Illinois.

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