SUSAN DENTZER: At that time, Thomas had started down the road to the next phase, with something called the Eden Alternative. The approach revamped the nursing home in various ways, most visibly with plenty of green plants and even animals.
What Thomas came up with next was what he called “Green Houses,” small, homelike settings where care for elders, rather than the demands of the institution, came first.
DR. BILL THOMAS: This house really, for me, is a dream come true.
SUSAN DENTZER: Today, that vision is a reality, here at this Green House in Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s operated by Tabitha Health Services, a Lutheran-affiliated nonprofit focused on long-term care.