Documentary Addresses Focus of Eldercare

Bagpiper Bob Wyatt joins singers onstage at the start of the program (Photo by Pat Blair)
Bagpiper Bob Wyatt joins singers onstage at the start of the program (Photo by Pat Blair)
Filmmaker Dale Bell visits with Stephanie Kendrick, a Green House resident featured in the documentary (Photo by Pat Blair)
Filmmaker Dale Bell visits with Stephanie Kendrick, a Green House resident featured in the documentary (Photo by Pat Blair)

A documentary on the building of Sheridan's Green House Living facility can change the way people view nursing homes and care for the elderly.

That's the hope of Dale Bell who produced the 90-minute film that premiered Friday night at Sheridan's WYO Theater. In an interview with Sheridan Media during a reception in the WYO before the film, the filmmaker talked about the importance of the project.

His reference was to the residents of the Green House facility, who were brought by bus to the WYO to be among the more than 130 people who attended the event.

The documentary, which begins with a look at the history of nursing homes in the United States, chronicles the 10 years of efforts by a group of people in Sheridan to secure a Green House facility here. Without benefit of an established nursing home to back their efforts, the Green House task force launched a grassroots campaign that included help from state legislators.

This audio from the documentary includes the voice of Sen. Dave Kinskey, then Sheridan mayor.

Among those at the premier was Carmen Rideout, director of Sheridan's Senior Center and a member of the Green House task force. She said she was excited to see the film, called “Homes on the Range: the New Pioneers,” make its debut in Sheridan.

Also at the event was Chris Szymanski (shh-MAN-skee), administrator of the Sheridan Green House. She spoke of the support the facility has received from the community.

The documentary airs Tuesday on Wyoming Public Television. View more photos below.

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Sen. Dave Kinskey was among those at the premier (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sen. Dave Kinskey was among those at the premier (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan Green House Administrator Chris Szymanski (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan Green House Administrator Chris Szymanski (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the more than 130 people at the premier (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the more than 130 people at the premier (Photo by Pat Blair)
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