More blog praise for the Newshour’s special report on the Green House project:
I watch the Lehrer Newshour most night to unwind. By 8pm, I’ve eaten, cleaned up, and ready to sit on the couch for a while. Last night, the Newshour featured a new concept in nursing homes: the Green House. The idea came from a doctor in Nebraska who had worked in the elder care sector, and seen ways he thought he could improve the model. He has turned the institutional care facility that we are familiar with into a open-plan home. The home is built for about 12 to 15 elders each, and is tailored to their needs, rather than the needs of the institution. My favourite feature: twice weekly happy hours.
Thanks Rob, me too — who doesn’t love happy hour? Although after drinking Red Beer with Eva Goldsby, I still prefer my beer straight up. Also, Nebraska’s a great state, but this doctor hails from upstate New York. And I’ll correct you on one important note — a critical part of the Green House model requires the household be limited to nine to 12 elders. The model cannot sustain an adequate level of care and community over that limit.
Virginia Debolt posted this video from YouTube showing what a Green House looks like and how the elders who live there react to the living arrangements:
Thanks also to Providence Women and Home Life News blogging about the Newshour story.
Click here to watch the Newshour segment.
Click here for more information on the Green House project.