Green House Philosophy
We 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; where people want to live and work; and where all are protected, sustained, and nurtured without regard to the ability to pay.
We partner with organizations, advocates, and communities to lead the transformation of institutional long-term care by creating viable homes that spread THE GREEN HOUSE® Project vision – demonstrating more powerful, meaningful, and satisfying lives, work, and relationships.
Creating loving homes where individuals live dignified, fulfilling lives supported by quality care, personal choice and positive relationships.
An integral part of the Green House model is creating community within each home and the surrounding neighborhood. Through the creation of community living for the elders living in the homes, interdependence and collaboration of generations will occur, allowing elders to continue to live meaningful lives. Visitors of any age will help alleviate the loneliness and boredom for elders residing in the homes.
At the heart of this philosophy is a partnership with Sheridan College and Green House Living for Sheridan that was created as the doors opened to bring students into the home. These students will become natural members of the community through direct on-hands experiences in working with elders in this new environment where the focus is on the person rather than on a diagnosis or aging. These experiences will range from skills and culture change training for those who will work in a Green House, to practical experience for nursing students working with elders, to involvement of the massage therapy students providing massages for elders, to dental hygiene students providing dental cleanings for elders.
The four Green House homes at the Village at Cloud Peak Ranch are in an ideal setting to allow visitors of all generations into the homes. There are congregate areas for gardening, entertainment, playing games and gardening as well as areas where one-on-one conversations can take place to share life histories and stories.
The legacy of Green House Living for Sheridan is one of community support. It began with a group of passionate citizens who wanted a better life for elders in Sheridan. Many of these leaders continue to be involved and are committed to creating a community life where elders will continue to live a life that matters.