The physical environment of each Green House® home is designed to be a real home. The innovative Green House® model moves from an institutional concept that serves the administrators, to a residential model that nurtures up to 10 elders in each home. Green House® homes fit within the current regulatory and reimbursement structures, and are thus able to nurture people of all abilities, disabilities and financial circumstances. Each home is reflective of those in the surrounding community and is characterized by elements that are "warm, smart, and green." A warm home is a welcoming place of comfort, safety and refuge. The interior materials, colors and furnishings project a sense of belonging for those living and working in the home. The elders' private bedrooms allow ample sunlight and have easy access to a common hearth, with a living room, open kitchen and dining area. Smart technology is used to create a comfortable and safe environment that fosters the well-being of elders and those who work with them. A green environment is one that supports growth through meaningful interactions with life-enhancing natural resources, such as plants, natural light and therapeutic outdoor spaces.