Cromwell is currently working on the design for four houses in Cave City as part of The Green House Project, an innovative healthcare organization that looks at care for the elderly in a very different light. The vision of The Green House Project is to “envision homes in every community where elders and others enjoy excellent quality of life and quality of care; where they, their families, and the staff engage in meaningful relationships built on equality, empowerment, and mutual respect.” The name “Green House” not only signifies their goal of sustainable design, but also the growth they want their residents to have in a nurturing and supportive environment.
The Green House Project was formed in 2001. In 2005 the organization received a $10 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving healthcare for Americans. This grant allowed them to spread their mission across the country. The main goal of The Green House Project is to transform the traditional concepts behind long term elderly care. Their program provides more personal and social care than typical nursing home environments.
Each resident has their own private bedroom and bath. Meals are prepared in a family-style kitchen and served around one family dining table. The great room, reminiscent of many family homes, is designed so that each resident can bring their favorite chair or recliner in. The ‘real home’ provides for 12 Elders, living together like family. It feels more like a real home and not an institution.
In 2011 the organization celebrated their 100th home built. Now the Green House Project has over 200 homes in 30 states. In Arkansas there are currently two Green House communities and another is in development. Upon completion of the four houses that are being designed by Cromwell, the Cave City project will be the fourth installment in our state. The architect on the project, Thomas Moore, has a history of experience in design for the elderly. He is working closely with The Green House Project team and the surrounding community to ensure that the houses fall in line with the mission and vision of the organization.