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A Special Day in New Jersey: Six Green House Homes to be Developed

There was a special kickoff celebration October 14th to highlight the construction of six Green House homes in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Darlene Hanley, CEO for the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center and Morris Hall (Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing) welcomed local officials and members of the press to review the development plans for the organization.

Susan Frazier, The Green House Project COO, was a featured speaker at the event.  Work is already underway at the site, which will be called Morris Hall Meadows.  The first homes are expected to open late spring 2015.

Welcome to the Green House family and congratulations to all!

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Join us at the Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo

We hope you join us in Nashville at the Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo October 19-22. The meeting “connects thousands of aging services professionals who are facing the same triumphs and challenges that you face every day.”

Come see us at booth 2331 where you will have a chance to win Atul Gawanded’s new book, Being Mortal, which highlights The Green House model as a place to live a meaningful life. Additionally, we are co-guitar-slider.jpghosting the Reception for Person Centered Care Leaders, along with the Eden Alternative, LifeBio, It’s Never 2 Late and Penner Spas. And on Wednesday, October 22, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm you will have a chance to hear us speak in a breakout session called Green House homes: Challenges and Opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you there as we re-define age.

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Favorable Time for Financing in Senior Housing Market According to Provider Magazine

Having come through the recession more intact than many other sectors, the environment for development is especially favorable right now for senior housing, according to experts.

In a recent edition of Provider Magazine, Imran Javaid, managing director, healthcare real estate, commercial and specialty finance, Capital One Financial Corp., explains, “A lot of players recognized that [seniors housing] had performed really well in the recession,” says Javaid. “The demographics are positive, but also important is that it held better in the recession than some other classes they’d typically lend to. They really recognized that it is more resilient to recession and downturns because it’s needs-driven.”

Because of the positive performance over the last 5-6 years, there are more financing options, favorable terms and low interest rates available, but experts predict that the current state is time limited, “If you have a plan that five years from now will be absolutely necessary [to implement], do it now,” says Javaid. “Accelerate the timeline, and do it now. Expand or upgrade a facility now, don’t wait for five years from now when you might have a very different environment.”

 

Financing for Green House homes comes in a variety of forms.  In addition to commercial loans, Green House homes have being developed using bonds and government backed loans, as well as non-traditional loans. Through our partnerships with RWJF, AARP Foundation and The Weinberg Foundation, we are able to provide special financing for organizations serving low income elders.  To learn more about financing opportunities, visit The Green House website

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Project Update: Occupancy Faster Than Anticipated for First Green House Homes in Minnesota

It’s the kind of issue that all marketing directors are happy to manage—an unexpected “rush” of Elders that want to move in ASAP to your new Green House homes!  Well that is precisely what happened at Water’s Edge in Mankato, Minnesota.

Since the first Elders moved in this past August…there has been a whirlwind of activity to welcome Elders into their new homes and to make sure that all hiring and training is accomplished on time.  In fact, during the first week of opening their first home, they moved in 9 Elders!  “We certainly hadn’t planned it that way,” said Director of Operations, Brooke Olson, “but it’s not a bad problem to have so many Elders want to move in when you first open your doors!”

Water’s Edge is comprised of three assisted living Green House homes, each with 12 private bedrooms.  They are operated by Grace Senior Services.  The owners, Brad and Heather Bass have long been committed to serving Elders in their community.  They opened their first adult day service in their home more than 18 years ago.  They currently have several senior housing cooperatives, and adult foster care program, two assisted living communities and now the new Green House homes at Water’s Edge.

The second home is nearly full, so training and hiring will begin for the third home very shortly.  The plan for Water’s Edge had always included a position for Marketing and Elder Enrichment, but they were not going to fill it until much later.  However, with the pace of occupancy, they decided that the role was going to be needed much sooner.  In September, they welcomed Rachel Carpenter to their team.

We congratulate Water’s Edge on their success and wish them only the best moving forward!

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7th Annual Green House Conference in November – A Time to Connect

At The Green House Annual Meeting, organizations gain strength from each other around implementing and sustaining this model.  Connecting to share lessons learned and best practices of this paradigm shift in Long Term Care is one of the most valuable parts of being a trademarked Green House home.

This year’s conference for Green House adopters will take place November 17-19, at the historic Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Our theme, Leading with Heart and Soul, is ideal for this magnificent mecca where musical legends combined soul with talent and passion to become the pioneers for American musical genres…much like The Green House Project has pioneered the transformation of long-term care.

 

TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP!

The Green House Annual Meeting & Celebration can be a wonderful time for a road trip!  That’s right…why not drive to the conference and miss all the hassle of flying these days?  Well, that is exactly the decision that was made by team members last year from the Green House Homes at Willow Ridge in Blufton, Ohio.

 

Their new Guide, Barb Lawrence, shared the following memories from the trip:

Last year, four Shahbazim (Paula, Tammy, Terry, and I), one nurse (Coral), the Guide (Rhonda), and the Fund Development person (Doug) rented a van and drove to Boston for the Green House Annual Conference.

Paula and Terry were from one team, and Tammy and I were from the other team at Willow Ridge.  The 14-hour van ride allowed for much bonding opportunity.  We shared about our personal lives as well as our experiences thus far working in the Green House homes.  We played trivia games that we found on our phones, we enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts, and enjoyed one another’s company.  We texted folks back home (we’re not there yet!), we listened to music, and some read books.

Mid-way through the trip, Doug said, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  The good news is that we are half-way to Boston!  The bad news is that we are ONLY half way to Boston!”

Once we got to Boston, Doug and Rhonda had to find a parking garage that would be tall enough to fit our 12-passenger van.  Boston buildings are small!

Leaving Boston was equally as challenging.  Since we left in the middle of the night (3:00 AM), many of the exits off of the highway were closed, and there were very few signs giving direction – it took over 45 minutes just to get out of the city!

The team is again taking a road trip to this years conference in Memphis and Barb is quick to point out that “it’s only half the distance to Boston!”

 

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