getting started http://www.edenalt.com/getting.htm
directory of homes
- as the book was written in 1995/6, I suppose it's OK Thomas doesn't talk much about pre-Nursing Home Senior Housing options (ALFs, CCRCs)
- Jan'2016 profile. He moved beyond nursing homes to set up small, intimate residences called Green Houses. With private bedrooms and bathrooms, they offered dignity and privacy. Their size had an unexpected effect. “Within six weeks, they had to send a truck around to pick up all the wheelchairs,” Thomas said of one house. “You know why most people [in nursing homes] use wheelchairs? Because the buildings are so damn big. . . . The buildings disable elders.”... The performance, part of his current tour, called “Age of Disruption,” is a combination of sociological analysis, memoir, myth and singalong.
- lots of pets - 80% of residents have parekeet in their room (typically cared for by staff)
- lots of kids - they run Day-Care, After School, Summer Camp on-site
- lots of plants - turn lawns into plant/flower/vegetable garden, use harvest in kitchen
- some level of Workplace Democracy