Dr. Bill Thomas, author of Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life, is the creator of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a radically new approach to long term care where nursing homes are torn down and replaced with small, home-like environments where people can live a full and interactive life. Today there are hundreds of Green House homes open or in development in the majority of states. Green House’s evidence-based model has been proven — through independent research — to be effective, feasible and sustainable. To locate a Green House home or for more information visit www.TheGreenHouseProject.org.
The Green House Effect: Homes for Elders 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?
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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.
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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.
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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. Read more here.
‘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.
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.” 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.
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.