Green House Project Provides Seniors With Sense of Independence and Community

The Kalkaska Memorial Health Center is trying a unique approach to senior care.

It’s called the Green House Project.

There are two homes with 10 bedrooms each.

A common kitchen and living room area encourage community engagement, but private spacious bedrooms allow for solitude as well.

Nurses are assigned certain residents so they develop close personal relationships with the people who live there.

“It helps to deviate from the loneliness, helplessness and boredom,” says service line director of nursing, Renee Cunningham. “This is where you want to be. Your loved ones make the decisions in the homes. It’s not us making the decisions, it’s them making the decisions.”

It’s important for seniors to have a sense of independence and community, especially if they have to live away from family.

There will be an open house on Sunday, January 24th from noon to 3 p.m. if anyone would like to check it out for themselves.