By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on July 29th, 2015
The once a decade White House Conference on Aging, held on July 13th, was truly a “virtual” event! All of the presentations and panels were live streamed—with over 700 “Watch Parties” taking place across the country. Perhaps YOU participated in one. 10,000 Twitter users contributed to the dialogue that day letting the world know their thoughts and reactions to the speakers by using the hashtag #WHCOA.
President Obama spoke during the event noting that one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens and noted that our country’s greatest triumphs are the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.
LeadingAge was just one organization which hosted a watch party. They compiled their top 10 highlights from the event:
- A Call for Caregiver Support Systems
- CMS Proposed Rule: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
- HHS Secretary Announces Funding for Workforce
Click here to read their entire list of highlights and details about each one!
By Admin / Posted on July 28th, 2015
Chelsea Jewish Foundation is an innovative organization that has infused meaningful life across all of their communities. In addition to Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, they also operate the groundbreaking Leonard Florence Center for Living that includes 10 Green House homes in a high rise structure, serving elders, short term rehabilitation and those living with MS and ALS.
The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home’s first wedding in its 96 year history took place on Friday, July 10, 2015. Rose Stetson, a 91 year old resident, truly wanted to see her son Kevin get married and her son couldn’t imagine his mom not being present. What better place for a wedding than Rose’s home at Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home? Kevin and Sharon were married by Sharon’s father, who became a Life Minister and officiated the ceremony. The bride’s daughter, Lexie, was the maid of honor and Rose’s grandson, Tim, was the best man. All in all, it was a wonderful family affair on a beautiful July day.
By Admin / Posted on July 16th, 2015
Ceder Sinai Park (CSP) is happy to announce it will be breaking ground on a $33 million construction project focused on renovation of the Robison Jewish Health Center and its transformation into a 44-bed post-acute rehabilitation center. The project will also include the construction of two additional buildings with four homes in THE GREEN HOUSE® model – providing 12 beds each (48 total) for an improved model of long-term care.
“We commend Cedar Sinai Park for their vision to further their mission by implementing The Green House model, and their commitment to transform long term care in Oregon” said Susan Frazier, Senior Director, The Green House Project.
CSP is committed to helping people stay at home as long as possible or maintain lower levels of care and is moving forward with this project in response to community needs for post-hospital sub-acute care rehabilitation services to facilitate returning home after a medical event such as a hip replacement or surgery.
Four new homes will be part of the Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center, focused on providing state-of-the-art long-term care in the model of Green House homes across the country. These homes will emphasize quality-of-life; person-directed care which results in improved healthcare outcomes for residents who can no longer remain at home due to conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
On Wednesday, July 15th, we will officially break ground on the new center. The groundbreaking will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the corner of SW 62nd Avenue and Boundary Street, and will include remarks from CSP and community leaders.
“We are pleased to see this dynamic construction project begin. It is important to Cedar Sinai Park and the entire community that we develop a 21st century service capacity that is both beautiful and able to meet changing healthcare demands,” said Jim Winkler, Capital Campaign Chair.
“Cedar Sinai Park is proud to be working with LRS Architects and R&H Construction on this project” according to David Fuks, CSP Chief Executive Officer. “These two firms represent the highest quality teams and we are glad to be teaming with them on this very important work.”
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, meaningful relationships and better direct care jobs through a self-managed team of direct care staff working in cross-trained roles. Green House homes meet all state and federal regulatory and reimbursement criteria for skilled-nursing facilities.
About Cedar Sinai Park: Cedar Sinai Park provides residential and community-based care to elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence, and dignity in a manner and in an environment based on Jewish values. A nonprofit organization, we are committed to delivering a broad-based continuum of care that can be tailored to individuals’ unique needs. Our services include independent and assisted living (Rose Schnitzer Manor), nursing home care (Robison Jewish Health Center), daily respite care (Adult Day Services), affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities (Rose Schnitzer Tower, Lexington Apartments, Park Tower Apartments, The 1200 Building), in-home care (Sinai In-Home Care), a collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service), and affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults (Kehillah).
By Rachel Klumpp / Posted on July 15th, 2015
Rebecca Priest, Chief Operating Officer, and Jim Clark, Chief Financial Officer, of St. John’s homes in Rochester, NY share their Green House journey through the lens of delivering financial success to their organization and value to their customer. In the webinar St. John’s Journey: Providing the Best Quality of Care at the Lowest Operating Cost, Rebecca and Jim encourage listeners to “rethink all that you think you know” in order to provide the most incredible, elder engaged service at the best value in Green House homes.
Jim Clark, VP and CFO identifies that financial stability “is the side effect of doing things right.” Specifically, elder growth and well-being through positive clinical outcomes in addition to successful employees through retention and labor costs results in financial stability in two forms; revenue and predictability.
Listen to the webinar here: http://impact.adobeconnect.
Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence
By Admin / Posted on July 14th, 2015
Contact: Mary Lynn Spalding
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Christian Care Communities
(502) 254-4242 or cell (502) 609-4690
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence
New $13.5 Million Green House® Community Creates Small Cottages of Care Revolutionizes Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing for Older Adults
(MIDWAY, KENTUCKY (JUNE 25, 2015) – Christian Care Communities today opened the doors to Kentucky’s first Green House® Residence – The Homeplace at Midway – that revolutionizes assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care for older adults. Public officials, community and business leaders joined with Christian Care for the ribbon cutting celebration, signaling the opening of the new $13.5 million Green House® community at 101 Sexton Way, across from Midway College.
“The Homeplace at Midway represents a new beginning for older adults in Kentucky and for communities across the Commonwealth to embrace them as living treasures, not a burden or a challenge,” said Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Midway, Midway Nursing Home Task Force, Midway College, state and local government agencies, our capital campaign’s Leadership Council and all our friends and supporters who championed this new direction and envisioned with us a new day when older adults would receive the highest quality care and support, without feeling their lives are being disrupted or overtaken. We trust that it will inspire other senior living providers to move in a similar direction.”
“States, families and communities are being challenged to find better ways of providing for the needs of elders, and The Homeplace, with its emphasis on home, shows how care can be made more loving, community centered and effective,” said William Thomas, M.D., founder of The Green House® model, who was among the many special guests participating in the ribbon cutting celebration.
Person-Centered Cottages of Care
The new 31-acre Christian Care Green House® community offers a comprehensive continuum of care with a 12-person assisted living cottage for those who need periodic assistance with daily living activities; a 12-person memory care/personal care cottage for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive impairments; and two skilled nursing cottages for 23 individuals with short-term rehabilitation or long-term care needs. In addition, The Homeplace at Midway includes an administrative cottage and the Lucy Simms Lloyd Gathering House for special gatherings, worship services and activities.
“In our Green House® cottages, each resident will have a private bedroom and bath and share, just as people do in any home, the kitchen, living room, den and porch areas,” said Dr. Knapp. “It’s all designed to give residents the freedom to set their own daily routines and to live life to its fullest, while receiving the individual care they need – within each cottage.”
As the community grows, Christian Care Communities plans to add independent living garden homes and an Adult Day Center program to complement the resident cottages.
The Green House® Difference
“The Green House® approach strengthens our ability to honor older adults by creatively fostering their inclusion – their meaningful participation – in the very communities they helped shape,” said Dr. Knapp, who noted that empirical evidence is mounting to support the effectiveness of the Green House® model on several fronts. “Clinical outcomes improve dramatically, resident and family satisfaction rise exponentially and staff turnover drops by leaps and bounds.”
About Christian Care Communities
Headquartered in Louisville, Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired, non-profit provider of senior living communities and long-term care for older adults. In addition to Midway, its communities, services and programs for older adults are located in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Nicholasville, Owensboro and Taylorsville.
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By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on July 13th, 2015
For Immediate Release: Friday, July 10, 2015
Contact: Rachel McLean, email@example.com, 703-850-1897
Kavan Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-305-2798
THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT REPRESENTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING
Innovative Model for Elder Care Receives Attention from National Leadership
Arlington, VA: The Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging. The objective of the conference, which happens only once every 10 years, is to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans, and to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.
Since 2003, Green House homes have gone beyond simply providing quality medical care to elders: they’ve offered an environment and support system that enables each person to retain their individuality, and to live in a real home.
Nora Super, executive director at the White House Conference on Aging, recently visited the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Massachusetts and video footage from this visit will be shown during the event. This conference will draw greater attention to the model that is changing the face of elder care throughout the country.
“We live in an exciting era of growth and change in which outdated models of long term care are, at long last, being disrupted and replaced,” said Bill Thomas, geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project, who will attend the conference. “I am delighted that the White House Conference on Aging will be bringing well deserved attention to how we’re helping America reimagine care and caregiving in the 21st Century.”
Green House homes, which serve only 10-12 elders at a time, have private rooms and baths and a common, open kitchen. Supportive and versatile caregivers deliver outstanding care and engage in deep knowing relationships with elders. By comprehensively transforming the architecture, organizational design and philosophy of care, the model provides elders with high quality health care and a high quality of life that far exceeds the experience in traditional nursing homes.
In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped pioneer the first Green House home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Today, more than 180 Green House homes are in existence in 28 states across the country, and more than 150 are in development.
Not only are Green House homes rising in popularity, they have been shown to reduce costs of care and treatment and offer a solution to delivering higher quality care at a competitive cost in the U.S.
“The Green House model is based in the belief that all people deserve to live their whole life to its fullest,” said Susan Frazier, senior director of The Green House Project. “With a decade of proven success, we are at a tipping point for the growth of this model and see the power that real home has on the health and wellbeing of elders and those who love them.”
The Green House Project
A partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Capital Impact Partners and the Center for Growing and Becoming, The Green House Project provides consulting, organizational development services, and ongoing support to providers and local organizations to support the development and operation of Green House homes across the country. To date, more than 180 Green Home homes are in operation.
By Brittany Swanson / Posted on June 24th, 2015
As the only Green House homes in Alaska, we love sharing our story, and our passion for The Green House model’s Core Values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff. When visitors come to Seward Mountain Haven they are struck not only by the beautiful view, but also by the feeling they have when they step inside our homes. The feeling is immediate and visceral. It’s family. Many people still expect to see the traditional institution and it gives me so much pleasure to be a part of changing that expectation.
I can’t tell you how many times visitors have joked with me, saying, “Sign me up! This is where I want to be!” They are joking but in reality they are saying, “Yes! This is what Long Term Care should be!”
It is easy to focus on the day to day challenges, and sometimes we have to remind each other, our team, to step back and notice the incredible work that we are doing. If we just let that sink in for a few minutes…it is SO powerful.
We are proud to be a pioneer in The Green House movement. The peer network that we are building nationally, enables us to share our successes and lessons learned with developing Green House homes and to gain insights from Green House organizations around the country. There is power in knowing that we are a part of something that is bigger than ourselves, and that we share this calling to better the lives elders every day.
I joined The Green House team at Providence Seward Mountain Haven January 2011 as a social worker. During my education, I never saw myself going into eldercare, and my road to The Green House homes was happenstance. I joined the team because I wanted to be a part of something innovative; I wanted to be a part of a group that was making a difference. I never would have imagined how much my decision to work in a Green House home would affect me. I am pushed to grow, learn and continually challenge my thinking… this opportunity is much more than just a job.
One of my most memorable experiences in The Green House homes was when I was pregnant with my son. Because we have such close relationships with the elders, they naturally wanted to stay informed of all the details, and to also share their pregnancy and birth experiences with me. As it got closer to my delivery date their excitement and anticipation grew, and when he finally came, we all celebrated the arrival of THEIR baby! This experience really drove home the fact that we really care about each other here. The elders are just as invested in us as we are in them and that is a feeling you only get in a Green House home. It’s very special.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on June 18th, 2015
Present Perfect, a documentary about the magic that can happen when a preschool is located within a nursing home, was the catalyst for a panel of innovators today on HuffPost Live’s #WhatsWorking series. Susan Frazier, Senior Director of The Green House Project, highlighted the power of creating real home and meaningful lives for elders through a normalized and integrated environment, “It is time to reframe the purposefulness of Elderhood, and as a society to recognize the beauty of each unique person.”
She was joined by Providence Mount St Vincent, Administrator, Charlene Boyd, Art Therapist, Erin Partridge, and Present Perfect filmmaker, Evan Briggs.
To view the 30 minute discussion, CLICK HERE>>
By Admin / Posted on June 17th, 2015
A son’s personal experience shapes his support for bringing The Green House model to Maplewood Nursing home, in Cheshire County, NH.
As someone whose father greatly benefited from living in a Green House cottage, I feel compelled to lend my voice in support of the concept as the proposed alternative to the deteriorating Maplewood nursing facility which now serves many needy elders of Cheshire County.
My father was a well-educated, highly respected writer and clergyman who, in his final years of life, had the misfortune to develop Lewy Body Dementia, a disease that resembles a devastating combination of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life to watch this highly articulate man robbed of his joy, his speech, and, eventually, his mind.
When it became evident to our family that my mother could no longer care for my father in their home, we were blessed with the opportunity to be part of a Green House community in Holland, Michigan. The Green House concept is light years ahead of the type of care that has typically been given in places such as Maplewood Center. Maplewood has been a valued and effective facility for many years, but it simply cannot compare to a Green House setting. Green House residents live in private rooms with private baths. They are always treated with respect and dignity. They are referred to as “elders” rather than “patients.” Living, recreating and dining among a small community affords them with companionship that is so vital to their continued health. Family members are always welcomed at meals and other activities.
Before my father entered the Boersma Cottage, he was sinking deeper and deeper into depression, withdrawing from life, and was rapidly losing his desire to live. What struck me as miraculous is that, within a few weeks of his arrival, he started to regain his sense of humor and even had a playful quality about him that had been lacking in recent months. It is true that, because of his dementia, he was no longer fully the man I had known and loved. But the person that he became in his final months was well cared for and enjoyed a quality of life that, in my experience of such care – which is quite extensive – is unparalleled. My only regret is that he didn’t come to a Green House home earlier so that he might have enjoyed even more of its benefits. In the end, his death was a good one and for that I will always be grateful.
The Green House concept is, I believe, at this time the best way to provide quality of life for those in need of long-term care. It respects the dignity of the person and values the gifts that they still bring to the lives of others.
It’s time for Cheshire County to embrace this truly remarkable approach.
The Rev. Mark A. Jenkins
Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 9th, 2015
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota celebrated the official grand opening of their six new Green House homes on May 20th. The special event was well attended by Elders, families, staff members and community leaders in the St. Paul area. Episcopal Homes’ President and
CEO, Marvin Plakut, welcomed attendees and
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to congratulate all who helped in the development of the project.
The six skilled nursing Green House homes are called “The Gardens” and will be home for 60 Elders. Each Elder will have their own private bedroom and bath, meals will be cooked in the home and the hearth area will provide a sanctuary for rich conversation in the house.
The Green House homes were part of a $45 million dollar expansion called Midway Village. The campus now offers a range of Elder living options and affordability and is conveniently located near the city of St. Paul’s new Green Line light rail station. “The outpouring of support for our project is both gratifying and humbling,” said Plakut. “It is inspiring us to keep reaching higher on behalf of the individuals and families we serve. It is also inspiring to see so many wonderful people interested in living at Midway Village.”
The 225,000-square-foot expansion on their campus is also receiving some special recognition…it has been selected as one of the state’s top projects in 2014 by Finance & Commerce.
We welcome the Elders, families and staff from The Gardens to the Green House family. Congratulations and our very best wishes as you move forward in your Green House journey!
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on June 5th, 2015
Homes on the Range, a documentary from producer and director, Dale Bell, captures the amazing 10-year journey, of the citizens of Sheridan, Wyoming, who built the first grassroots Green House homes in the country. This film chronicles their struggles, successes and ultimately the triumphant opening of their Green House homes, which change the way elders live in their community.
There are many ways to view this documentary. The film will be shown on PBS stations around the country, and DVDs are available for purchase. Broadcasts will begin in May, which is Older American’s month. All information about Homes on The Range can be found at: http://mediapolicycenter.org/
By Rob Simonetti / Posted on June 4th, 2015
Rob Simonetti has worked with multiple Green House organizations to create real homes where where elders live meaningful lives. In this article, he highlights the innovation found in upstate NY, and The Green House model as a catalyst for significant social change.
Senior Housing providers are leaving industry standards behind to forge a culture of person centered care unseen in other areas of the US.
by Robert Simonetti, AIA, Design Director at SWBR Architects, 585-232-8300, email@example.com
Call it a hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit; Upstate New York senior care providers are establishing new standards and models of care well ahead of many other communities. Care providers are ensuring all New Yorkers a very bright future as the industry comes to terms with an antiquated system of institutional care.
Senior care providers from Albany to Buffalo are breaking new ground and setting standards for the remainder of the nation to follow. As early as 1999 Fairport Baptist Home was one of the first adopters of the household model of skilled nursing care and quickly became a precedent and resource for other nursing homes seeking to transform their environments for care. The Eddy Village Green at Cohoes was the first adopter in New York of the Green House model. With sixteen homes of 12 elders each The Eddy has become a training center for other Green House adopters nationally.
In 2007 St. John’s Home embarked on a project to bring The Green House model of care to twenty of their Skilled Nursing elders. When St. John’s approached the NYS Department of Health, the state challenged St. John’s to not just build Green House homes, but to build them away from their existing campus in the City of Rochester. St. John’s accepted the challenge and in February of 2012 opened two Green House homes in Penfield, the first in the nation to build off campus in a new residential town home community. The homes which blend right in with their surroundings have become some of the favorites of The Green House Project Senior Director Susan Frazier. “The difference between these homes and other Green House homes is palpable.” says Frazier. Operated on the concepts of person centered care and an empowered work force, the homes have achieved a 5 Star rating, the highest possible in the industry.
The private sector providers are not the only ones being innovative in Upstate; the Department of Veterans Affairs has adopted a new model for the veterans they serve. In Canandaigua plans are complete for ten skilled cottages based on the VA’s new Community Living Center principles. Since construction in the 1930’s veterans residing on campus have lived in very institutional H shaped buildings with double loaded corridors, small double, triple and quad occupancy rooms. The cottages are planned entirely as fully accessible one story homes with single occupancy rooms, private baths, safe outdoor courtyards, strong connections to the outdoors, and beautiful dining, kitchen, and living rooms. While being review in Washington, VAMC Central Office Architect Dan Colagrande noted that this new campus design “should become a national standard for our other VA campuses”.
With such excellence being set as a standard, other upstate providers are following suite to provide elders the best possible environments of care. In Scotia, Baptist Health has sixteen new small homes under construction. In Cicero, Loretto has just opened twelve new homes offering skilled nursing care. These homes and the neighborhood are modeled completely after a true residential neighborhood. The Rochester Presbyterian Home is starting construction on four new Memory Care Assisted Living Small homes in Perinton to compliment four they are operating in Chili. And in Brighton, the Jewish Home is embarking on an ambitious plan to build fourteen certified Green House homes to replace their aging legacy high-rise skilled nursing building.
Why Upstate New York? What’s behind our providers leading the industry? Upstate NY has historically been a leader in the Culture Change movement. Rochester is where the Pioneer Network was founded. A small group of prominent professionals in long-term care formed Pioneer Network in 1997 to advocate for person-directed care. The Network has grown significantly and is now a national resource headquartered in Chicago.
While working in an Upstate nursing home Dr. Bill Thomas founded The Eden Alternative; an international, non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners. Recognizing three plights of the elderly in institutional nursing homes, Boredom, Loneliness, and Helplessness, Thomas sought to improve the well- being of Elders and their care partners by transforming the communities in which they live and work. Thomas, residing in Ithaca, has become an internationally recognized leader in the culture change movement and The Eden Alternative is headquartered in Rochester.
The legacy of innovation and advancement in the areas of senior care is growing in Upstate New York. Our providers, physicians, and educators are leaders and valuable resources to this rapidly changing industry. The St. John’s Green House homes have hosted visitors from around the country and as far as Iceland and New Zealand. The staff and administrator of the homes have become ambassadors of the culture change movement, encouraging, motivating, and educating others on the benefits of committing deeply to the ideals of person centered care and the Green House model.
The environments being developed here in Upstate are exemplary and promise each of us a bright future as we consider care options for our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves. Rest assured New Yorkers, when you decide to seek care, you will not find yesterday’s nursing home, rather you will find a true home filled with opportunities, committed staff, and an enlightened value of elderhood.