"The culture of the Green House [model] … presumes a right to late-life development that is an essential component of the human life cycle. Such growth, while undoubtedly difficult, can also be understood to have worth and meaning. Those who live in, work in, and care about a Green House [home] share the duty to foster the emergence of late-life development within the daily life they create together."
The Green House model is rooted in a philosophy of person-directed, relationship-based care. The model embraces elderhood as an opportunity for continued growth and development. It creates an environment in which individual needs are met because each person is deeply known and valued as creative, resourceful and whole. Everyday tasks, such as personal care, bathing and mealtime, are seen as opportunities to support elder autonomy, decision making and meaningful engagement. Elders cultivate relationships with neighbors of all ages, and continue to serve as integral members of their communities. ~ The Green House Project