I caught this article from The Longview News-Journal online…
I think the journalist Angela Ward gets it right.
Elderly residents at the Green House are blooming along with the flowers in their courtyard.
The innovative nursing home, which opened in December, is designed to look and operate less like an institution and more like a home, said Debby Bravo, Green House guide. It is part of a spectrum of living options for elderly residents at Buckner Westminster Place, which also includes independent living, assisted living and memory care.
Farooq Bahadory, a staff member with the Green House at Buckner Westminster Place, hands out cornbread to the residents Monday at the Green House in Longview.
“We’ve seen a number of improvements in the residents since they moved in,” Bravo said. “One woman who was strictly using a wheelchair when she came here now uses a walker most of the time, and several of them are gaining weight.”
Two homes are connected by a central courtyard. Both can house 10 residents, each of whom have a private room and bathroom. The rooms open onto a central living and dining area, with offices and laundry facilities in the back of the house. One house is completely filled; the other has five residents, with five more residents scheduled to move in this month.
“The residents don’t have specific times they have to wake up or go to bed, and they’re encouraged to decorate their rooms to reflect their individual personalities,” Bravo said. “Lunch and supper are served in a communal manner, with the staff and residents eating together.”
Residents of the homes range in age from 65 to 97. All have health problems severe enough to require skilled nursing care, Bravo said.
James Smith, 88, admits his memory isn’t what it used to be, and that’s why he can no longer live independently.
“I like it here. It’s a beautiful setup,” the World War II veteran said. “I never thought I’d reach a point where I couldn’t live on my own, but since that’s where I’m at in life, this is preferable to a nursing home.”