I am sure there are many of us who know the story of The Green House Project® and how Dr. Bill Thomas had a vision for creating communities that gave our Elders meaningful life, our Shahbazim the ability to be empowered as staff, and making the health care environment a real home instead of institutional. While Legacy Village Assisted Living might have times of transition, I do believe we are making great strides to norming in the general vicinity of the original vision Dr. Thomas had.
Growing up I was always told that caring for someone took a village. Whether it was raising a child or caring for the Elderly in the family. It took a village to make sure all the needs of someone who could not care for themselves, were met. Miraculously, I feel that Legacy Village has that to offer, just as our name states; we are a village. I have had many conversations with family members that had reservations about moving their loved one from their home to a care facility; to which my reply is always: We are not a care facility. We are a home, a community, and a family. We are their home. Our Shahbazim and other staff are here to care for your loved one in their own environment. This concept and mind set is what helps our Elders average a longer stay in our community. Legacy Village Assisted Living Green House Homes (say that 5 times fast!) opened its doors in 2009 and some of our original Elders who were first to move in, are still here in 2016! In seven years, some of our Elders maintained a physical and mental status that allowed them to remain in assisted living level 2, to remain in their homes! The national average, according to the American Senior Housing Association, is 2.9 years.
We would love for our Elders to live out their lives here and we hope that we could provide them with end of life care, which is not always possible. However, we strive to care for someone absolutely as long as we can within the scope of Assisted Living Level 2 care will allow us to. So while I may be completely biased, my heart swells with admiration when I get to introduce someone to The Village and the concept behind The Green House Project. I tell them how each of our houses has its own personality, how our Shahbazim are some of the best caregivers in NW Arkansas, our Elders and their families typically fall in love with the smaller and intentional communities. I could go on and on about all the things that makes Legacy Village Assisted Living great to me, but it’s better when you see it for yourself.
To schedule a tour call or email Rodney today: (479) 271-2387 or Rodney@LegacyVillageArkansas.org