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The Green House Project

What is THE GREEN HOUSE® Project?

In 2005, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to Capital Impact Partners to help spur replication of THE GREEN HOUSE® concept, an innovative model for residential long-term care that involves a total rethinking of the philosophy of care, architecture and organizational structure normally associated with long-term care. THE GREEN HOUSE® Project provides technical assistance and partners with the lending team of Capital Impact Partners to explore financing vehicles to organizations that want to establish GREEN HOUSE® homes(pdf format). Today, there are well over 100 THE GREEN HOUSE® homes open and operating across the country, with hundreds more in development.

The model continues to be well supported by positive outcomes from independent research, as well as overwhelmingly high media exposure in news publications such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, as well as public radio and television news. THE GREEN HOUSE® project—modeled on the vision of Dr. William Thomas, a Harvard-educated geriatrician—finds a fitting home within Capital Impact Partners’ portfolio of programs to support life at its highest potential. The national Green House Project team, led by David Farrell, comprises experienced leaders in the field of culture change and long-term care.

What is a GREEN HOUSE® home?

THE GREEN HOUSE® project is a radically new national model for skilled-nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In THE GREEN HOUSE® model, residents receive care in small, self-contained homes organized to deliver individualized care, meaningful relationships and better direct care jobs through a self-managed team of direct care staff working in cross-trained roles. GREEN HOUSE®  homes meet all state and federal regulatory and reimbursement criteria for skilled-nursing facilities.

A GREEN HOUSE® home is created from the ground up to foster the same feeling and experience you get from living in a real home. Each home is designed for 10-12 residents, keeping it flexible and maintaining a warm feel. The comfort of private rooms and bathrooms are combined with the family-like atmosphere of open common spaces. And an innovative staff model gives residents four times more contact and reduces staff turnover.

Learn More about THE GREEN HOUSE® model and How to Join the Revolution 

•GREEN HOUSE® homes are enriching the lives of elders throughout the country. Find a GREEN HOUSE® project in your community.
Explore and experience THE GREEN HOUSE® model through the core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff.
View THE GREEN HOUSE® Overview Video, “Where Love Matters.”
Join the mailing list to receive e-newsletter.
Learn about THE GREEN HOUSE® project scope of services and how to become a Green House adopter.
Participate in interactive Webinars, workshops and conference presentations.
Read the latest news and stories about THE GREEN HOUSE® project.
Contact us if you have questions.

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