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Providence Seward Mountain Haven to Open as Alaska’s first Green House

Providence Seward Mountain Haven to open as Alaska's first Green House

New model of long-term care offers alternative for elders

Seward, AK – Providence Seward Mountain Haven celebrates its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 19, as Alaska’s first Green House, an innovative model of elder care serving residents from across the state. Find out more about the Green House concept, a nationwide movement that’s creating a new way of living in later years.

The grounds of Seward Mountain Haven have four homes designed for 10 elders who each enjoy their own spacious bedroom and private bathroom. The great room of each home has an open-air kitchen, family-style dining room and a hearth where elders and guests can gather to visit. The homes also have secure patios with breathtaking views of Seward’s mountains and bay.

But the Green House philosophy isn’t just about architecture. In this home-like environment, caregivers offer a higher level of nurturing care. Elders have the opportunity to be more involved in daily activities such as cooking, planning menus, picking furnishings and choosing decor. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to visit.

Although the houses look and function like homes rather than traditional institutional nursing facilities, the quality and level of medical care remains high. The environment of Seward Mountain Haven, combined with continued high-quality long-term medical care provides elders with a better quality of life and may improve overall health.

Media Event:

What: Providence Seward Mountain Haven grand opening, including ribbon-cutting ceremony, blessing, facility tours and remarks. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Where: 2203 Oak, Seward, Alaska

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