By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 24th, 2016
Redefining Home. Revolutionizing Care. That was the message from Jewish Senior Life officials as they broke ground for their new Green House homes on June 16, 2016. The well attended event included elders, employees, donors and many members of the press. Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was one of the speakers for the event and shared her heartfelt congratulations to all who had helped Jewish Senior Life in this special journey.
The Green House homes are part of an $83 million master plan that will also include making major renovations in their main building, the Jewish Home of Rochester. The nine Green House homes will be part of three buildings – each of the three floors in a building will be a home for 12 elders. The homes are slated for completion by the end of 2017.
“At Jewish Senior Life we care for more than 2,000 people each year. The transformation of our campus positions our organization to serve the community with the most comprehensive offering through our complete continuum of care, programs and services,” said Mike King, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “By transforming the traditional institutional model and building upon our long legacy of person-centered care, we will provide a more enriching, engaging environment centered on each individual’s preferences.”
Renovation of the existing Jewish Home will incorporate a small home model, aligning with the Green House Core Values and Practices, featuring all private rooms and bathrooms for long-term care elders.
Those who attended the groundbreaking event had a chance to see what the homes will look like when finished. Large vinyl banners created walls within the tented area clearly giving guests that opportunity to see what the rooms will look like including a floor design of a bedroom.
Interested in learning more? Click here to connect to a special web page they have created that also includes a video program!
By Rachel Klumpp / Posted on June 23rd, 2016
Last week, The New Jewish Home in New York City celebrated the Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program’s class of 2016!
The GCD program was launched in 2006 to train and support at-risk high school students from underserved areas get their academic careers back on track while building a knowledge base for positions in healthcare. A sister program trains young adults 18-24 who are underemployed and out of school to become Home Health Aides.
This year’s GCD class—the largest in the 10-year-old program’s history—is 59% Hispanic/Latino, 28% African-American and Caribbean, and 13% Asian and Pacific Islander, a diversity that reflects The New Jewish Home’s location in one of the most ethnically rich cities in the country. Of the 75 graduates, 99% will start college in the fall having earned scholarships worth more than $1,200,000. Many plan to major in Biology, Nursing, Pre-Med and other subjects that will prepare them for professional lives in healthcare.
High school students engage in a three year work study program at The New Jewish Home Bronx and Manhattan campuses where they become immersed in a long-term care setting shadowing staff, providing care (making hospital beds, transporting elders, taking vital signs), and building relationships through meaningful engagement with elders. This year’s class has spent more than 8,000 hours with The New Jewish Home’s elders. In addition, the program provides internships, professional mentors, professional development, career coaches, and college-readiness assistance.
Participants aim to complete the program with various allied healthcare certifications including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides, Phlebotomy Technicians, Electrocardiography Technicians, Patient Care Technicians, and Medical Coding & Billing Specialists. The certifications offer both additional learning and a way for students to earn money to help support their college education. This year’s graduates have earned more than 80 certifications.
Since the GCD program began in 2006, over 500 students have graduated. Of those, 98% graduated high school or earned an equivalency diploma and 91% have either enrolled or graduated from a post secondary program or are fully employed.
What is most remarkable about GCD, however, are the relationships formed between the students and The New Jewish Home’s elders. Every student is paired with an elder who serves as a guide, mentor, and friend throughout the student’s GCD journey. The bonds that form as a result are incredible. One GCD graduate wrote, “My mentor, Robert, was like a grandfather to me…[offering] insight on his own personal life.”
This innovative program enhances the lives of elders and students through deep-knowing relationships and is shaping the next generation of high quality, person-centered healthcare professionals.
Congratulations to the class of 2016!
Photo Credit: The New Jewish Home
The New Jewish Home, one of the country’s largest and most diversified not-for-profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, is building The Living Center of Manhattan, New York City’s first Green House residence and the first Green House high-rise in a major urban center; creating the first Green House legacy project, seven Green House-based Small Houses at the organization’s Westchester campus; and training its 3,500 team members in the core Green House values of “meaningful life,” “real home” and “empowered staff.”
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for 12 Green House Homes at John Knox Village in Florida – A Special Celebration!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 17th, 2016
Grand opening festivities took place in late May and included Elders, staff, aging services professionals along with a host of local and state officials. This $34 million project was truly the result of elders voicing their desire to see Green House homes on their campus that serves 900 John Knox residents in Pompano Beach, Florida. “The Woodlands is the first Green House to be initiated by resident involvement,” said Nancy Lee Matthews, one of several John Knox Village residents sharing input when the project was being planned. “It was us, the residents, who initially researched The Green House and presented the information to administration and the board of directors.”
President and CEO of John Knox Village, Gerry Stryker, welcomed those attending the event and definitely agrees that residents were a critical link in the project. “This is an incredibly emotional and fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we celebrate the culmination of our vision – to change the face of care and rehabilitation services in South Florida. Our residents’ dedication and determination has fostered an incredible sense of community – a home where families and elders will come together and set a new progressive standard for healing as set forth in The Green House Project model.”
The Woodlands is a total of 7 floors…the main floor has a common area and the remaining six floors each have two Green House homes with 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms surrounding a hearth area, open kitchen and dining area. Four of the homes will be dedicated to short term rehabilitation.
Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was asked to spend additional time on campus to meet with medical professionals and Elders to share her insight into the Green House model. She met with physicians involved with care at John Knox Village, specifically those with Elders who will be receiving rehabilitation services in the homes. She also met with Sages that will be working in the homes. Sages act as an advisor and facilitator for the Shahbazim, the self-managed work team. In addition to Susan, Green House Project Guide, Debbie Wiegand met with the group to answer questions and share their appreciation for the work they will do in the homes.
A Sage is a volunteer and someone that has demonstrated wisdom and good communication skills. We are grateful for the work they will perform and wish them much success in the days and months ahead!
The Woodlands at John Knox Village was designed by RDG Planning & Design (Architects John Birge, Scott Pfeifer and Kevin Ruff). The Weitz Company served as the construction manager, and William Gallo, of Gallo Herbert Architects, worked with John Knox Village as the Owner’s Authorization Representative.
By Admin / Posted on June 1st, 2016
For Immediate Release
Coming to Lake St. Louis late 2016! A whole new approach to Short Term Rehabilitation and innovative Skilled Nursing. We are Skilled Nursing, differently. Cottages of Lake St Louis will be built to resemble a traditional residential neighborhood. A home away from home.
THE GREEN HOUSE® Project has spent over a decade creating a new vision for the future of elder care. The Green House model delivers better outcomes than traditional nursing homes. And by creating a real home environment and providing elders with dignity, autonomy and choice, Green House homes provide people with the best quality of life possible. The Green House model delivers high quality care. Close relationships with elders means that health issues are identified and treated earlier. And the calm, familiar, real home atmosphere in Green House homes improves the well being and functioning of elders with dementia.
Our Values include:
- Meaningful life focused on personal choices,
- Consistent, compassionate, highly trained and empowered staff
- Advanced, research driven medical services in a real home.
- Consistent, compassionate, highly trained and empowered staff
Construction is planned for a 5.2 acre site at 2885 Technology Drive, the southeast corner of Technology Drive and Feise Commercial Drive in Lake St Louis. The Cottages will consist of 6 comfortable homes, each with a dining room, cozy family room with fireplace, den, spa and an open kitchen surrounded by 10 private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Each Cottage has a large landscaped patio with lush gardens and walking paths around the community. State of the art therapy, nursing and activities services are an integral part of our total wellness plan.
This Green House Model for those needing skilled nursing for rehabilitation or skilled long-term care is new to the area, but has an amazing positive and proven reputation based on a decade of research. You can learn more at www.TheGreenHouseProject.org. In our homes the schedule of each Elder is decided by the Elder, not a calendar on the wall. Our goal is to facilitate the Elders independence and ability to pursue their interests. Elders of each home share meals at their common table where family members are also encouraged to join them. Staffing ratios are among the best in the area, allowing for maximum interaction and total care of each Elder. This model gives Elders the ability to be a part of life in the home, planning, suggesting and/or engaging in activities and meals, or, sitting and chatting with the staff while they prepare the meal in the home. Our goal is to see every Elder live each day to the fullest.
Join us in the excitement by visiting our website www.CottagesLSL.com or following us on Facebook!
About Focused Senior Communities: The leadership team at FSC believes Skilled Care needs to change. Old “nursing home” standards don’t meet our needs anymore. FSC owns, operates and consults in the Senior Housing Industry. Our experienced team has a wealth of knowledge in Senior housing and development. We are excited and honored to bring the Green House Model of Skilled Nursing to Lake St. Louis in the Winter of 2016.
About THE GREEN HOUSE® Project: The Green House Project is a radically new national model for skilled nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self- contained homes organized to deliver individualized care and meaningful relationships between residents and care staff.
By Admin / Posted on May 31st, 2016
Change is often a complicated process, however the results can be amazing.
Lori Gonzalez, a research faculty member at the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University has written a guest column shared by the Tampa Bay Times expressing her desire for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to be an agency that makes a change that will have amazing results for those needing nursing homes in the future.
As states realize that deteriorating nursing homes combined with an aging population mean that new nursing homes need to be constructed, they are faced with an option—build more of the same traditional, large nursing facilities or construct innovative homes that allow elders to live full and enriched lives.
Although Certificate of Need (CON) programs restrict the supply of new nursing home beds in 36 states, some states have lifted the moratorium on new construction as the demand has outgrown supply. For example, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration is currently reviewing CON applications and has approved the construction of 23 new nursing homes, and the expansion of 23 current nursing facilities, totaling close to 3,000 beds. The agency can approve CONs for a maximum of 3,750 beds between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017. Nine of the new construction approvals are for large facilities that plan to have 120 beds or more, while one of the approvals is for a 180 bed facility. These “new” facilities will be similar to the traditional nursing homes that have prevailed over the past 50 years, with little design change despite the persistently negative views of nursing homes by the public and the people who are most likely to need to live in one.
There are alternatives to the traditional model. The Green House model, born out of the nursing home “culture change” movement in 2003, is one such alternative. Today, almost 200 Green Houses operate in 27 states across the country. Licensed as skilled nursing facilities, Assisted Living Facilities or adult group homes, Green Houses are groups of homes, each with 10 – 12 elders living in each one.
By Admin / Posted on May 25th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 23, 2016
NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S NURSING HOME
GREEN HOUSE COTTAGES OF CARMEL OPENS TRANSFORMATIVE NEW CAMPUS IN CARMEL, INDIANA
Carmel, IN – Melody DeCollo, Director of Green House Cottages of Carmel, in partnership with THE GREEN HOUSE®, is pleased to announce the arrival of their first elder, the first Green House resident in the state of Indiana.
Green House Cottages of Carmel features six homes on its Carmel, IN campus. Following The Green House model of care, each home is complete with 12 private suites, an open kitchen and dining area, hearth room, den, outdoor living area, salon, and therapy room. Staff members receive hundreds of hours of training that equip them to provide 4x more direct contact than a traditional nursing home.
“Moving in our first elder is a major milestone for us. It is exciting to see our team put their extensive training into real life practice. Everyone is ready to expand to the additional cottages that will open up over the next few weeks,” said DeCollo.
The official Grand Opening is scheduled for August, but members of the Carmel community are already showing their support for this transformative approach to senior care. The reservation list is filling up quickly with elders and their family members who need long-term care, memory care, or rehabilitation services but want an alternative to traditional nursing homes. One mother and daughter recently recorded an interview about why they chose Green House Cottages of Carmel. See the interview at GreenHouseSeniorLiving.com/Peace.
Green House Cottages of Carmel is Indiana’s first Green House Project location. Providing long-term care, memory care and rehabilitation services in a custom cottage that feels like home. Each cottage features private master suites, a large great room, and dining room. We proudly accept Medicare, Medicaid, private pay and other insurances. Learn more at GreenHouseSeniorLiving.com.
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By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 18th, 2016
“Some people discover their personal mission early in life. For me, decades of life experiences and events would eventually become masterfully woven together to reveal a tapestry of passion and purpose to make life not just worth living for elders, but to actually enable them to live the good life.”
The above quote is from The Green House Project Senior Director, Susan Ryan. It’s how she chose to open her Ted Talk style presentation at the spring conference for the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). Susan was one of many thought leaders sharing her personal experiences and passion for Elders and how every person should be “Living the Good Life”. As you will see in the video below, Susan takes you on a journey that will introduce you to some special elders that touched her life and made her realize that life can be different!
(The talk with Susan begins 39 minutes into the video)
We hope to provide a blog series in the near future entitled “Living the Good Life” based on the lives of other elders living in GH homes.
Green House Team Presents to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University Long Beach
By Claire Lucas / Posted on May 14th, 2016
Green House team members were honored to share their wisdom and insight about the Green House model on the evening of May 11th— the presentation was part of the Successful Aging Lecture Series, a program made possible through the generous donation by Lori and Don Brault.
Green House Project Guide, Claire Lucas moderated the panel of staff from Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona, California. A large group of interested community members were eager to learn about the model and to hear the special stories from the team members.
Andrea Tyck, Diana Marohn, Amanda Phos & Mary Jean Neault shared personal experiences working in the Green House homes. Mary Jean was able to share her insight both as a staff member and former family member. The audience was touched by their stories and eager to learn more about Green House homes, as evidenced by the swarm of people who stood in line to talk to staff from Mt. San Antonio Gardens after the program!
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a national organization that offers widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older. There is no academic prerequisite for admission or to participate in the classes, just a desire to learn.
California currently has two Green House Project homes in the state. We are hopeful with California’s plans to release new “Small House Regulations” that many more will be built in the future!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 12th, 2016
A recent Department of Justice investigation takes the state of South Dakota to task under the Americans with Disabilities Act for high utilization of nursing homes to serve people – old and young – living with disabilities. I found the story disturbing, but not for the reasons you might think.
This wasn’t the news we have come to periodically expect when something sensational happens. What really hit me was that the places described did not sound like bad apples. As far as was evident, there was nothing egregious. In fact, one might say the picture painted by the DOJ is that of a pretty typical, garden-variety nursing home.
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 3rd, 2016
In late April ground was broken at Calder Woods, a Buckner Senior Living Community, on a $25.9 million expansion and remodel at their campus. Two new skilled nursing Green House homes are part of the first phase of this project. The homes will include 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms, open kitchen, hearth and access to the outdoors. Construction begins in May and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The new space will also include 36 independent living garden apartments and enlarging and renovating the current assisted living area in the community.
With the construction of the homes at Calder Woods, this will be the fourth campus in the Buckner organization that will include Green House homes.
Celebrating the groundbreaking are, from left: Jordan Lovelady, BRS manager of financial analysis and planning; former Buckner trustee Nell McCallum Morris; Pat Crump, BRS vice president for operations; Calder Woods resident Sibyl Allen; State Rep. Dade Phelan; Calder Woods resident and Buckner trustee emeritus Mack Fullbright; Albert L. Reyes, President and CEO, Buckner International; Jefferson County Judge Jeff Brannick; Port of Beaumont Commissioner Pat Anderson: Calder Woods resident and former Beaumont mayor Evelyn Lord; Charlie Wilson, BRS senior vice president; Susan Frazier Ryan, Senior Director for the Green House Project; Allison Getz, Jefferson County tax assessor/collector; and Ben Mazzara, Calder Woods executive director.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on April 25th, 2016
“Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” –Psalm 71:9
The Green House Project and Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) share many common values, and are proud partners in elder care innovation. Recently, Green House leadership participated in the AJAS annual meeting to share insights and connect with organizations who share a similar mission to serve elders.
Senior Director, Susan Ryan, was highlighted as a speaker for “AJAS Speaks”, a TED Talk style session, where thought leaders share their experiences and perspectives. In her talk, “Living the Good Life”, Susan shares the path that has shaped her personal mission to see the people living with dementia as creative, resourceful and whole.
Innovation Roundtables are a feature of the conference where leaders of the field share insights in short, rotating sessions. Green House Director of Outreach, Scott Brown, delivered a talk on the power of differentiation in our changing and dynamic health care landscape.
We appreciate the opportunity to partner with innovative organizations as we work to change the paradigm of aging, creating caring homes and meaningful lives.
Please watch for a blog series in the near future entitled “Living the Good Life” based on the stories shared by Susan at the AJAS conference.
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on April 24th, 2016
When the decision was first made to build Green House homes, Barry Berman, CEO, Chelsea Jewish Foundation, said we knew the model was “extremely special, extremely unique and wondered what other vulnerable populations in addition to elders we could serve. We challenged ourselves knowing that these individuals would probably be on Medicaid.” As a mission driven organization they opened their 10 Green House homes with one dedicated to individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, and one to individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis or MS. An amazing achievement.
Today, they are excited to open another home for ALS individuals, the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence, thanks to a generous donation from the Dapper McDonald family as well as a group of individuals from New York who assisted in the process.
As Barry explained individuals with ALS are “transformed overnight” in the ALS Green House homes. They gain “such profound independence”. Below is the announcement of the new home.
We applaud all those who helped make the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence a reality!
The Dapper McDonald ALS Residence at the Leonard Florence Center for Living is now open! Due to an extremely generous donation of $3.5 million – and a commitment to raise $9 million in additional funds – the Chelsea Jewish Foundation was able to open a second home for individuals with ALS. The Center’s first home, the Steve Saling ALS Residence, opened in 2010 and has received world-wide acclaim; the Slifka MS Residence is devoted to residents living with MS.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer another residence to individuals with ALS,” states Chelsea Jewish Foundation CEO Barry Berman. “There is such an incredible need for these homes, but the operating costs are extremely high. Thankfully, this donation has helped turn our dream of a second ALS home into reality.”
Richard “Dapper” McDonald was a New York businessman who was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. The news came as a shock to the entire family as it was something completely unfamiliar to them. Over the next seven months, the family took their lead from Dapper. He never slowed down or quit. He went to work every day and continued running his business despite the constant struggle. On July 15, 2009, nine months after his diagnosis, Dapper passed from ALS.
After touring the Center in an effort to replicate the home in New York, the family soon realized it was too difficult to develop the staff and technology that was already in place in Boston. As a result, a group of New York residents have donated a $3.5 million leadership gift and have committed to raising $12.5 million in total.
Welcome to all of our new Dapper McDonald residents! We are thrilled to have you join the Chelsea Jewish family.
For the last six years, Patrick O’Brien, has lived in the ALS residence. Barry Berman describes him “as the most amazing individual I have ever met”. Read below the story about Patrick’s movie and where to watch it. The documentary is an amazing story and as Barry explained, Patrick “will always credit The Green House Project for giving him back his life”.
Leonard Florence Center Resident Living with ALS Directed and Produced an Award Winning Documentary!
The amazing documentary film, Transfatty Lives, directed and produced by Leonard Florence Center resident Patrick O’Brien, had its Boston premiere at the Revere Showcase Cinema in Revere on Sunday, April 3. The film won the 2015 Audience Award at the Tribeca and Milano Film Festivals, and is a featured selection in film festivals all across the world.
Transfatty Lives takes one on an emotional rollercoaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days as a DJ and filmmaker into the heart of living with ALS. With the support of his friends and family, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. He is able to capture all of the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life – falling in love and fathering a child along the way.