THE GREEN HOUSE® Project

A radical departure from traditional nursing homes.

The GREEN HOUSE® Project represents a revolution in long-term care, creating small homes that return control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to elders, while providing high-quality, personalized care.

A Green House home differs from a traditional nursing home in terms of facility size, interior design, organizational structure, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional services. Green House homes are designed from the ground up to look and feel like a real home.

At the center of The Green House model are skilled nursing assistants called shahbazim who manage residents’ care, with support from nurses and therapists—a reversal of the traditional nursing home model.

The results of The Green House Project are simple and profound: elders are happier and healthier. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support is helping to spread The Green House model across the United States. More than 260 Green House homes in 32 states are open or under development.


Learn more about The GREEN HOUSE® Project

Ave Maria is home to four 7,500-square foot Green House homes, each providing private bedrooms and baths for ten residents. The homes include a large common hearth area, large kitchen, dining room, and a family room with sleeping quarters for visiting family members. Beautifully landscaped, residents enjoy a garden and patio from a large screened porch. Residents live in community as a family sharing meals, socializing and participating in activities.

Currently, Ave Maria has broken ground to build additional Green House homes to meet the growing needs of the senior community.


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Ave Maria complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.


We do not discriminate in regard to race, creed, sex, religion or ethnicity.

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