A New York Times article, “Small Residences for the Elderly Provide More Personal, Homelike Care“, shines a spotlight on the small but growing number of innovative elder residences in the Green House model. They cite our upcoming Living Center of Manhattan as the first such facility in Manhattan.
For greater warmth and nurturing, seniors are turning to small residences like Green House, which is part of a complex of senior housing and care options, and privately owned care homes that are often unmarked in residential neighborhoods. They are usually newer, sometimes cheaper, and generally offer more customized care than most nursing homes.
“Green homes were developed from a blank sheet of paper,” said Scott Brown, director of outreach at the Green House Project. The results, he said, have been encouraging. Studies show that residents have higher-quality lives and significantly fewer hospital readmissions.
No Green House projects operate in Manhattan — yet. Jewish Home wants to open the first one in an urban center in 2019. Rather than cottages, the building will consist of 22 stacked homes, which Dr. Thomas helped design. A unit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders with specially trained staff is planned. A 4,000-square foot roof garden, where residents can plant vegetables and herbs, will be enclosed with glass.
“This is the way that elders want to be cared for,” said Audrey Weiner, chief executive of Jewish Home. “This is a concept where the commune meets the kibbutz.”