Twylah and David Haun are residents of John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fl, and were a part of a group from Independent Living who researched The Green House model and presented it to Administration.
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The administration at John Knox Village, where we live, decided that our excellent nursing home was getting old, and needed to be updated. The residents of John Knox were insistent about one thing, whatever was built had to have a private room with private bath for each person. When David first heard about The Green House model, he was skeptical. He thought it just seemed too good to be true. He feared our local staff wouldn’t accept the concept, and he questioned the quality and efficiency of preparing meals in each home. Finally he wondered how wise it was to pay outside Green House “experts” who might dictate plans and organization for John Knox.
In 2011, David suggested we visit some existing Green House homes to learn more. He felt it wasn’t fair to condemn the concept in ignorance. I became excited at the possibility.
On the first visit to Buckner Westminster Place, in Longview, TX, I remember thinking, “Wow, this doesn’t look like a nursing home at all!” As we continued our exploration, we entered the GH Cottages of Wentworth Place, in Magnolia, Arkansas, and we were becoming more and more excited, I said “why would we want to recreate the wheel, this is a proven model”.
Both of us were impressed with the number of Shahbazim (versatile worker that serves as direct care staff) and Guides saying how thrilled they were with the quality of care The Green House model enabled them to give their elders. “I never would want to work in a traditional style again” seemed to be a recurring theme.
By the fourth Green House visit in The Green House Homes at Traceway in Tupelo, MS, David found that all of his questions and reservations regarding the cost, the food, and the organization were answered. He was convinced. He decided that working with The Green House Project was a sure thing. Just as you would follow The Ritz Carlton’s proven model in creating an excellent hotel, John Knox should depend on The Green House model to guide us in our building design, as well as, in education and organizational redesign. Our Green House homes will look different than those that we visited, because they will reflect the culture of John Knox Village, but they will have the proven elements and core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff that has led to successful outcomes across the country.
Our John Knox leadership decided to follow The Green House model, and plans were drawn for a seven story Health Center with 12 homes, with 12 residents each.
We have been privileged to share the story of how the residents of John Knox Village were the driving force to bring this change to the organization. Honoring our varied faith traditions, I would request that we lift our Green House team(and especially our Shahbazim) in prayer to honor those who have chosen to spend their lives caring for elders in this special way. Would you pray for us and every community opening Green House homes that we would choose the best individuals for this challenge; those who have a desire to create a real home that truly meets the unique needs of its elders.
We are pleased John Knox Village has become part of the Green House family. We feel we made many new friends, and wish all of our Green House Homes family a Happy Holiday as we look forward to serving in the New Year.