How We're Different

Over Forty Ways The Green House Cottages® at Poplar Grove is differentfrom traditional nursing homes and short-term rehabilitation centers!


  • In the Green House model, our residents are called Elders.
  • Green House homes represent the “pinnacle of culture change“ and are the most progressive long term care living environment in existence today.
  • The Green House Cottages at Poplar Grove offer a small cottage environment with a maximum of 12 elders living life to its fullest in their own home with private rooms, private bathroom and showers, made to order, “family-style” meals based on elder’s choice… and so much more.
  • Our cottages feel just like home, not an institution!
  • No medical sign posts, no alarms, no buzzers, no med cart, no loudspeakers, no restraints.
  • A 1:4 direct care staff ratio, substantially more than the State/Federal average.
  • Each of our staff members will have at least 120 hours of extra training for elder care in greenhouse model.
  • Green House Cottages promote a deep understanding of each elder, their likes and dislikes; their wants and desires.
  • Rich relationships with caregivers, other elders and their families are formed and become the foundational part of a quality life.
  • Our nutritional services are second to none!
    • Made to order meals, prepared fresh in the home.
    • Family style dining - no Cafeteria trays.
    • Elders select the menu.
    • Largely eat what you want, when you want.
    • Elders and family can participate in kitchen activities, including cooking.
  • Technology is integrated into each Green House cottage to leverage the “world of the Internet” at the fingertips of elders, fostering engagement and mental acuity.
  • Holidays and special events are a “down-home” celebration. Christmas is Christmas. Your birthday is your birthday.
  • Families come more often and stay longer. They are integrated into the elder’s life.
  • Kids are always welcome – if not encouraged.
  • Rather than an “artificial“ activity schedule, the Green House model of care promotes a rhythmic, comfortable, natural flow that is reminiscent of living in all the special moments of home.
  • We emphasize quality of life including privacy, dignity, autonomy and emotional well being.
  • Meaningful engagement – we have four times the number of meaningful, one to one engagement between elders and direct care workers than traditional nursing homes.
  • Family satisfaction – Green House families are more satisfied with the care of their loved ones than in traditional facilities.
  • Job satisfaction – Green House staff members are more satisfied with their jobs and more likely to stay longer at those jobs.
  • We offer 75% more direct care staff then the average nursing home in Arkansas.
  • The Green House Cottages at Poplar Grove will offer sub-specialized cottages such as, orthopedics, cardio pulmonary, and sepsis.
  • What better way to rehab from hospital to home than in a home with functional rehabilitation.
  • We have the ability to imitate, not simulate, your every day activities.
  • Our therapy ratio is 1:1.
  • The Green House Cottages model of care has shown readmission rates of less than 1%, while traditional institutional settings can be 18% and higher.
  • The average length of stay for short-term rehab in a Green House Cottage is around 19 days; traditional is 28.
  • Green House Cottages have lower infection rates.
  • The Green House Cottages at Poplar Grove not only encourage family participation, they provide a great environment to visit and even eat meals with Elders.
  • Green House Cottages have decreased staff turnover rates.
  • Our Green House Cottages will offer a spa / beauty salon for each cottage.
  • The Green House Cottage model offers better elder outcomes compared to traditional nursing homes.
  • In our Green House Cottages, the Elders have freedom of choice, including: when to wake up and when (and what) to eat.
  • The Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove offers customized rehab programs with a holistic approach to care.
  • All living quarters provide access to kitchen, laundry and common areas.
  • Elders in our Green House Cottages have unfettered access to the outdoors.
  • Elders in Green House Cottages experience lower depression rates.
  • Elders in Green House Cottages also experience lower levels of helplessness versus traditional homes.
  • The Green House model practices a continuity of care by consistently keeping the same care team with the same elders in the same home.
  • The Green House Cottages promote empowered staff by providing continuous education and ongoing training development.
  • The Green House model supports Community involvement and offers a structured community-mentoring program.