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Retirement Planning

The Green House Project Vision 

June 2013

Issue 15           

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Nancy Gould, President Estate Planning Council of Putnam County
A Welcome Alternative to
Institutionalized Long Term Care


Long Term Care Facilities or Rehabilitation Facilities can conjure up images of a sterile, non-welcoming environment where elders come to live when their health fails them.   


There is a revolution slowly making its way across our country, it is called The Green House Project.   


"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."   

- About Us - The Green House Project 


The inviting environment of a Green House home has been shown to increase engagement of the families of the elders as well as the community members where the home is located.  The sights and smells of the home are far from the institutionalized environments that we are used to.    


"Jewish Home Lifecare has recently been approved by the Department of Health to build the Living Center of Manhattan at West 97th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus, in which Green House residences would become available at a city scale. 10-12 residents would live in each home, which would represent half a floor in the building. Each resident would have their own private bedroom and bathroom, with a shared central dining and recreational area. With eleven floors and two "homes" per floor, the Living Center will be the first of the Green House model in New York City. Building is set to begin in 2014, and the institution hopes to complete plans 32 months thereafter."  

- New York Press 5/23/13