A Green House Project retirement community in Palmyra, Pa., will show visitors how it operates at a 2-day workshop.

During the workshop, which is set to start May 8, representatives from the Green House Project, Arlington, Va., will talk about their efforts to create a new approach to providing housing and care for older people who need skilled nursing care.

Project representatives also will take about the philosophy shaping their efforts, the group says.

Project organizers say they want to create small homes that honor residents’ autonomy and choice, and protect residents’ privacy.

In a Green House Project home, for example, the home employs a “shahbaz” — ”a versatile worker who provides a wide range of assistance, including personal care; activities; meal planning, preparation, and service; and laundry care for 7 to 10 elders,” group says. “The Shahbazim also perform light housekeeping duties.”

A guide supervises the shabazim and oversees the overall operations and quality of services in the home.

A “sage” is “a local elder who acts as a coach or mentor, facilitates the development and continued growth of the self-managed work team of shahbazim and serves as their trusted advisor,” the group says.

A Green House home is supposed to look like a 10-person version of the homes in its community, with a private bath and bedroom for each resident; a locked medicine cabinet in each bathroom; a hearth area with an open living room, dining room and kitchen; a dining table that seats all elders and caregivers; ceiling lifts; a fenced outdoor space and many windows.