Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour kicks off in three weeks. As a sponsor, THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is busy getting ready to revolutionize the national conversation around nursing homes, by bringing attention to our person-centered model with an emphasis on each person living a meaningful life. We are taking this message on the road and hitting 25 cities along the way!
Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant generational second coming of age—“Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (published by Simon and Schuster March 11 and named by Publisher’s Weekly as a Top 10 Social Science book of 2014)—the Second Wind Tour will visit 25 cities on a national bus tour from March 31-June 6, 2014.
Each half-day performance will be held in a premier theater with two acts. Act one will consist of five fast-paced theatrical monologues featuring a cast of speakers including Dr. Thomas, Susan Frazier or David Farrell of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, and renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Dr. Janet Taylor. The second act blends the illumination of the deep connections between music, identity, and memory in the form a “marvelous surprise” documentary film preview by director Michael Rossato-Bennett followed by a live musical performance by Musicians for World Harmony founder Samite Mulondo.
If you are interested in attending one of these performances, please visit the Second Wind Tour Website, http://secondwindtour.org/. If you are not near a tour stop or unable to attend, we still want you to be involved! Join the social media conversation by following The Green House Project, @GreenHouse_Proj, and the Second Wind Tour by using the hashtag #secondwindtour.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to spread the Green House vision across America!
It’s been a long winter, but that hasn’t stopped construction crews in Mankato, Minnesota! The assisted living Green House homes, called Water’s Edge, are slated to be open within three months.
They are being developed and operated by Grace Senior Services. The owners, Brad and Heather Bass, have been committed to serving Elders for many years. In fact, they started their journey by opening an adult day service in their home 17 years ago. They currently have several senior housing cooperatives, two assisted living communities, and an adult foster care program.
Brad and Heather are most excited about bringing The Green House model to Minnesota. The new Director of Operations for Water’s Edge, Brooke Olson will be welcoming 36 Elders to the homes when they open. Of course, we’re all hopeful that by June the snow will have melted and the flowers will be blooming!
This year the Leading Age PEAK Leadership Summit will be held March 17-19 in Washington D.C. and THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is excited to send some of our team members to the event. This summit aims to expand the world of possibilities for aging; a vision we support and work toward wholeheartedly. Not only will we engage with peers in the field by attending sessions and exhibiting at the summit but also through our sponsorship of the Great Minds Gala.
The Great Minds Gala is a fundraising event that will honor Leading Age members and other individuals in the field who have shown courage and leadership as they work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. One honoree at the event will be Glen Campbell, renowned country music singer and actor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.
You can join the summit conversation by following @LarryMinnix, @LeadingAge and @LeadingAgeCAST on Twitter using #PEAK14 or by liking the Leading Age PEAK Summit Facebook page.
Photo credit http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes
US News & World Report released a list of the Best Nursing Homes. Of 16,000 facilities evaluated, less than 25% earned a rating of five stars. Among those, 8 Green House Homes made the list!
Asbury Park Retirement Community – BEST NURSING HOME
The Leonard Florence Center for Living - BEST NURSING HOME
Resthaven Care Center – BEST NURSING HOME
Eddy Village Green – BEST NURSING HOME
Lebanon Valley Brethren Home – BEST NURSING HOME
Ave Maria Home – BEST NURSING HOME
Buckner Westminster Place - BEST NURSING HOME
Eden Rehabilitation Suites and Green House Homes – BEST NURSING HOME
US News based their results on 3 factors; “Each nursing home receives an overall rating of one to five stars, based on its number of stars in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents and the quality of medical care.”
To read the full listing, click here.
Mealtime is an important part of The Green House day. We even have a name for it, “convivium”. This term describes good food, good company and good conversation. In every Green House home, there is an open kitchen where food is cooked in the home, and it is served around one large table to create a feeling of belonging. Smells of delicious food waft through the air, and the dining room table is filled with conversation as elders, staff members and visitors sit together and form an intentional community. This normalized environment creates not only a sense of well-being, but also has a positive clinical impact. Watch the below short video to hear what a dietitian from a Green House home says about her experience:
At the Table: Dining and Nutrition in The Green House Model (2 mins 33 secs) from The Green House Project on Vimeo.
According to a recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care News, “’Undernutrition’ is the most common dietary problem related to dementia… This refers to insufficient intake of calories, protein or other nutrients. It affects up to 30% of residents in long-term care facilities…” The article goes on to talk about how improving the environment and increasing staff education can help to improve elder nutrition. Through intentional design and deep education, Green House homes have seen positive outcomes and stories that demonstrate the value of focusing on food and mealtime.
Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House model, has always seen food as central to how we connect as human beings. As our physical needs increase to a skilled nursing level—this deep human factor does not change. In this short video below, Dr. Thomas shares his vision for “convivium”. By creating an environment of deep knowing where we honor an elder’s preferences and natural rhythms, issues like “undernutrition” will dissipate.
Convivium from The Green House Project on Vimeo.