Small, intimate and friendly

Today I spent time with a group of planners, designers and forward thinking individuals about designing a new building for elders.  Our group focused on The Greenhouse model and all of the positive implications for quality of life it provides. Every detail of this model has been studied and now over 200 have been built across the nation. Our guide, a GreenHouse Project Leader shared that the two components of direct light and line of site have emerged as the key elements of a successfully designed house. Living with 9 other elders in a home, with a private bedroom and bath, has proven that small can be better….the outcomes of lower usage of medications, higher resident and family satisfaction and employees who want to participate in making life meaningful for them and the elders are all documented outcomes. Take a look at the web site http://www.thegreenhouseproject.org and more importantly take a look at bringing a Greenhouse to your neighborhood.