The Green House Effect: Homes for the Elderly to Thrive
By Jane E. Brody, The New York Times
For those who lack financial resources to pay for round-the-clock professional care at home, is the sterile, hospital-like environment of a nursing home the only option left?
Not if you ask Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard-educated geriatrician who helped create the Green House project, a new model for long-term care, its name suggesting a nurturing environment where elders and the frail can thrive. Read more here.
It’s Time to Leave Our Hyper Adulthood Behind
by Donna Sapolin, Next Avenue
I recently spoke with Dr. Bill Thomas, renowned geriatrician, author and mastermind of the Green House Project long-term care model (a more humane alternative to traditional nursing homes). His new book is Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life.
Read more here.
Move Over Nursing Homes — There’s Something Different
By Ina Jaffe, NPR
One thing just about everyone dreads as they age is the possibility of ending up in a nursing home. We all think we know what that’s like: sharing a room with strangers, sitting slumped in a wheelchair all day, rigid schedules, bad smells. And for more than 1 million Americans, this is home. But there’s an effort to change all that, and it’s known as The Green House Project.
Read more here.
Rising Challenger Takes on Elder-Care System
By Lucette Lagnado, Wall Street Journal
PRINCTEON, N.J. — In the spring of 2001, Bill Thomas, dressed in his usual sweat shirt and Birkenstock sandals, entered the buttoned-down halls of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His message: Nursing homes need to be taken out of business. “It’s time to turn out the lights,” he declared.
Click here to download the full Wall Street Journal article exploring The Green House Project.
‘Superstar’ on aging
By Tanika White, The Baltimore Sun,
When it comes to aging issues, he has been called a visionary, a culture-changer and a prophet. And last week, he became simply Professor Thomas.
On Thursday, Thomas began teaching “Aging 100: You Say You Want a Revolution,” for freshmen at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Erickson School on Aging, Management and Policy.
Time to change nursing home model
By Patty Henetz, The Salt Lake Tribune,
With their roots in Dickensian workhouses and modeled on hospitals, nursing homes in many ways have earned the dread of old people, especially those who can still remember the stigma of America’s poorhouses and county homes.
Emergency Rooms Built With the Elderly in Mind
By Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, The New York Times,
The drive to build senior E.R.’s is motivated in part by hospitals’ desire to find an edge in the increasingly competitive health care marketplace.
The Greening of Aging
William Thomas | physician, farmer
By Caroline Hsu, U.S. News and World Report
It’s summer in upstate New York, the sun is shining, and it’s time to make hay. Bill Thomas, medical doctor, gentleman farmer, and deep thinker, heads out to take the year’s first cutting. His is a “mixed power” farm, which means that the tractor shares the load with a pair of massive 1-ton workhorses. Thomas takes the reins, clucks his tongue, and sets out across the field.
Serenity In Emergencies
By Beth Baker, The Washington Post,
“They’re actually structuring acute emergency services around the needs of the people they’re taking care of, rather than forcing older people to conform to the operations of the hospital,” said geriatrician William H. Thomas, a professor of aging studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Erickson School who helped the hospital design the new area.
An Emergency Room Built Specially For Seniors
By Joseph Shapiro, NPR Morning Edition,
Only infants go to the emergency department at a higher rate than people 75 and older, according to a recent federal government survey. For years, many hospitals have set up separate emergency rooms just for kids. Now, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., has set up an ER specifically for patients 65 and older.
Where To Live As We Age
By Susan Fine, Parade Magazine,
Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas, a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, created The Green House Project with the hope of revolutionizing eldercare. In 2001, he wandered into the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wearing a sweatshirt and Birkenstocks and shared his vision. The foundation was so impressed by his ideas it agreed to support a pilot program.
AARP’s Guide to Pills
The Early Show on CBS
Geriatrician Dr. William Thomas discusses the “AARP Guide To Pills,” which is a new reference book to help educate seniors on hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
New age of enlightenment
By Mark Gould, The Guardian,
Bill Thomas, the charismatic head of a global organisation dedicated to transforming care homes, tells Mark Gould what set him on his mission to eliminate the loneliness, helplessness and boredom that so often blights later life.
Green House Projects Let Elders Age In Homes
Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan, April 2, 2009
· In the first program of our ‘What Works’ series, we take a look at nursing homes.
Dr. Bill Thomas spent some time in traditional, institutional nursing homes, and he didn’t like what he saw. In an interview with NPR’s Joe Shapiro in 2005, he remarked, “I believe that in the nursing home every year, thousands and thousands of people die of a broken heart. They die not so much because their organs fail, but because their grip on life has failed.”
‘Green House’ Nursing Homes Expand as Communities Reinvent Elder Care
By Susan Dentzer, PBS News Hour
Susan Dentzer reports on the “green houses” project, which seeks to reinvent traditional nursing home care and create close-knit communities of patients and caregivers.