During my career span of almost 50 years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in many elder care and hospital facilities. It has always been difficult to depart from the stigma of a double loaded corridor that most skilled nursing units and nursing homes were designed around. The double loaded corridor that most hospitals and care giving facilities use is primarily for efficiency.
Our firm’s best attempt to make a double loaded corridor “home-like” was the Hospice facility we designed for Empath (formerly Suncoast Hospice) at the Brookside facility in Clearwater Florida. Unfortunately, even this attempt couldn’t overcome the stigma completely. The use of warm woods and other finishes helped tremendously but it still had private rooms on each side of a corridor.
Green House was founded over ten years ago by Dr. Bill Thomas in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a network of nationwide, non-profit, long-term care communities offering elders a home-like environment within a circle of care and familial interaction. The vision of The Green House Project represents a culture change for the transformation of long term care that makes sense for any community.
A facility might specialize in skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, or the care of veterans. Many of these communities are a result of partnerships between Green House, developers, state and local government, organizations and individuals. It seems like an ideal direction for long term care in the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.
I wanted to share my research and let you form your own opinions, but remember, it is, or was, or will be about your parent or child, and end of life care.