By Admin / Posted on July 2nd, 2018
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (PRWEB) JUNE 28, 2018
The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove (https://poplargrove.care/) announced today the planned Fall 2018 opening of the their long term and rehabilitative care facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Poplar Grove is the first facility in Central Arkansas based on the Green House® model of care. (thegreenhouseproject.org)
“Poplar Grove is what the future of care can and should be for our elders,” said John Montgomery, Executive Director of Poplar Grove. “We’ve adopted this new model of care so that we can serve our community better than ever before, providing a higher quality of life for residents, as well as peace of mind for their families.”
The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove is creating over one hundred and forty new jobs in Central Arkansas. Commenting on the healthcare jobs being created Montgomery said: “We are looking for people who are passionate about the care and service they provide to others. You don’t necessarily need a background in healthcare to join our team. Do you love to cook for others? Do you love to plan and coordinate activities? Are you a registered nurse who has been anxiously waiting to transition into the new model of healthcare? We are looking for people who recognize the autonomy and dignity of care recipients and are passionate about creating a fantastic long term and rehabilitative care environment.”
Poplar Grove is built on the Green House® model of care, a revolutionary movement transforming skilled rehabilitation and nursing home care nationwide. The Green House® model has been highly acclaimed by many national experts and leading publications because it has been shown to deliver better health and satisfaction outcomes than traditional nursing homes (for more, see: (Green House Model Articles).
Here are five ways the Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove is different from a traditional nursing home:
- A 1:4 direct care staff ratio, substantially more than the State/Federal average
- A small cottage environment with a maximum of 12 residents, living life to its fullest in their own home with private rooms, private bathroom and showers, made to order, “family-style” meals based on elder’s choice… and so much more
- A philosophy of care rooted in meaningful relationships, holistic care and a deep knowledge of each elder and their specific needs, produces a better quality of life and care
- Superior equipment and technology
- Each staff member undergoes a minimum of 120 hours of additional education and training in areas such as nutritional services; senior care techniques and dementia to become geriatric care specialists.
The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove in Little Rock will join the Green House® Cottages of Belle Meade in Paragould, AR, The Green House® of Southern Hills in Rison, AR and the Green House Cottages of Wentworth Place in Magnolia, AR as the fourth Green House® model facility developed by Southern Administrative Services, LLC in Arkansas.
“We are proud to bring this transformative new model of long term care to Central Arkansas,” said John Ponthie, Founding Member and Managing Director of Southern Administrative Services LLC. “By delivering outstanding care and creating a real home environment and providing elders with dignity, autonomy and choice, Poplar Grove will provide our Elders with the best quality of life possible.”
About The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove
The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove (https://poplargrove.care/) create loving homes where Elders are supported by quality care, choice, and positive relationships. In our homes, the Elder, not a calendar on the wall, decides the schedule of each Elder. Our caregivers are dedicated to the homes, helping to create meaningful relationships with our Elders. While Poplar Grove is licensed and skilled nursing community, the cottages are designed to look like the homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Homes feature high ceilings in the hearth rooms of each cottage, large windows throughout for natural light, and private bedrooms, each with a private en-suite full bathroom.
Executive Director – The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove
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By Admin / Posted on September 29th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—September 25, 2017—Jewish Senior Life today announced the opening of nine new long-term care homes on its campus, a key milestone in its ongoing $83 million campus transformation project. The organization has invited residents, their families, community leaders and the media to attend the opening celebration of these new homes, which represent a model of care unmatched by any other senior care provider in the area.
“We’re setting an example of what the future of care can and should look like for our elders,” said Mike King, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “We’ve adopted this new model of care so that we can serve the community better than ever before, providing high satisfaction for our staff and an even higher quality of life for residents, as well as peace of mind for their families. Our values of honoring our mothers and fathers are woven into the fabric of our culture of Jewish Senior Life.”
The opening celebration commemorates the completion of nine new long-term care homes, housed in three modern three-story buildings. These buildings, called Green House Cottages, were built in conjunction with The Green House Project, a nationally- accredited organization representing a new standard in long-term care. There are over 200 Green House communities open in the country right now, with another 100 being built. The Jewish Home will be the 3rd largest Green House community in the country.
Home environment: Each floor in the three new Green House Cottages is its own home, complete with a kitchen, common areas, and private suite rooms with There are three homes in each of the three Cottages, for a total of nine new homes that house 12 residents in each home.
Access to secure outdoor spaces: All three Green House Cottages have courtyards and walkways that contribute to a real sense of home and
Self-managed care teams: Specially-trained certified nursing assistants (CNAs), each one called an “Adir,” staff each home and provide a wide range of assistance, including personal care, activities, and meal preparation, as well as light housekeeping and laundry. Each home also has a nurse on duty as well as a clinical support team.
In the new Green House Cottage homes, caregivers are able to personalize their approach to best meet the unique individual needs of each resident, resulting in more meaningful lives and relationships. By enhancing their living environment and delivering a more personalized care experience, residents will now have even more choice, autonomy and control.
The opening of the Green House Cottages represents a major milestone in the total campus transformation project timeline.
Several additional updates are slated to be complete by Spring 2019:
- Renovation of the existing Jewish Home tower to incorporate the home model, featuring private rooms and bathrooms for all long-term care residents;
- Expansion of The Jewish Home of Rochester’s Transitional Care program (short-term rehabilitation) to better serve its hospital All transitional care rooms will be private rooms inside The Jewish Home. Transitional Care at The Jewish Home will be one of the largest post-acute care providers in Monroe County.
“Each part of the transformation you see here on our campus is made possible by our generous donors,” said Joel Weiss, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Jewish Senior Life Foundation. “Their support and vision ensures that we’re able to remain at the forefront of innovative person-centered care, making meaningful life a priority for years to come.”
About Jewish Senior Life:
Serving people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, Jewish Senior Life is guided by the values of honoring family and emphasizing aging in place—allowing people to remain in the place of their choice longer. Jewish Senior Life is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering all levels of care from independent living to skilled nursing care on a single campus:
- The Summit at Brighton for independent living;
- Wolk Manor for assisted living;
- The Lodge at Wolk Manor for assisted living memory care;
- The Jewish Home of Rochester for long-term, transitional, and memory care;
- Transitional Care at the Jewish Home for short-term rehabilitation;
- Atkin Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation;
- Marian’s House daytime retreat for those with memory loss;
- A variety of community programs and services such as Living Well Companion Care and Physician House Calls that enable people to age and live safely, either on campus or another place that they call
Jewish Senior Life is the only senior care provider in the Rochester area to offer Life Care, a program which eliminates worries about unforeseen care needs and medical expenses throughout the full continuum of care.
Jewish Senior Life is accredited for its high quality and customer satisfaction by CARF, and earned five out of five stars in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating. This designation is reserved for only the top ten percent of nursing home providers nationwide.
Jewish Senior Life has been named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Jewish Senior Life is a member of the Alliance for Senior Care of Greater Rochester, Leading Age, Leading Age New York, and the Association of Jewish Agency Services.
For more information, please visit www.jewishseniorlife.org.
By Admin / Posted on September 25th, 2017
Nursing home tragedy demands a revolution in care | Opinion
by, Michael Anderson and Kennedy McGowan
Reposted from Sun Sentinal, 9/22/17
BOLD Justice, an interfaith group of 20 congregations, has been hearing tragic stories of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities for years. We write representing those congregations and the work we are doing to actively fight for a new type of skilled nursing care in Broward County.
The eight tragic deaths at the Hollywood Hills skilled nursing facility, followed by three subsequent deaths, must serve as an urgent wake-up call.
If it hasn’t been obvious to anyone who ever visited a “traditional” nursing care home, we need change. We know there is a criminal investigation into the causes of this tragedy. No matter what that investigation shows, let’s be clear — this was a system-wide failure. It would be naive to believe that this problem and the solution to it are isolated to one nursing home.
BOLD Justice has researched and found a philosophy of person-centered care being practiced around the country. One example is the Green House Model, which features pleasant home-style environments and resident-directed care. Most impressive to us were the scientific studies showing improved health and wellbeing of elders in Green Houses, as well as higher rates of satisfaction among staff and families.
By Admin / Posted on September 19th, 2017
Spirits remained high before, during and after Hurricane Irma struck the city of Pompano Beach, FL in general and The Woodlands at John Knox Village in particular.
Located in the city of Pompano Beach, Florida’s first GREEN HOUSE® Project served a total of 246 guests (residents/elders) with residents transferring from Assisted Living, along with several Independent Living residents.
Additionally, 31 spouses of residents joined their loved ones along with 24 family members and children who were also together for the storm.
Scott Pfeifer, of RDG Architects comments, “As architects, we are trained in designing environments that focus on the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants as well as the community at large. It is fulfilling for us at RDG Planning & Design to know that we have created a building for the elders and staff at John Knox Village that support The Green House philosophy while keeping everyone safe during Hurricane Irma. The building became a safe haven for the community, and is a testament to the collaborative efforts in planning which involved owners, architects, interior designers, engineers, construction managers,The Green House Project and Florida AHCA“.
Elders in the Woodlands were served by 97 staff/team members which included CNA’s, Shahbazim, Nurses, Housekeepers, Managers, Dining Service Staff and Floor Technicians. The total number of people in the building through the storm was 343. Nobody was turned away.
The JKV team was united in its focus on elders’ safety, so in advance of the storm staff meetings took place based on the JKV Hurricane Manual (2017) following the Emergency Management Plan Manual.
Staff Hurricane Meetings were held twice a day as the storm was approaching. The plan was executed based on:
72 Hour – Hurricane Alert
48 Hour – Hurricane Watch
36 Hour Hurricane Watch
24 Hour – Hurricane Warning
Best Practices Steps Taken Included:
• Double checking hurricane food, water supplies and medications
• Deploying Hurricane Nursing Medical Supplies
• Topping off diesel generators
• Setting up rented cots for Villa Residents and Staff
• Assigning Director or Leadership Team Members as Building Supervisors
• Deploying Two-Way Radios
• Continuing Communications during and post-storm with regular meetings
• Once Power was lost, generators automatically turned on for emergency power
• Once Power was lost in Health Care Settings, temperatures were monitored and hydration rounds were consistently done.
GREEN HOUSE® PROJECT CONTINUES TO LEAD LONG-TERM CARE TRANSFORMATION WITH NEW $650,000 ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION GRANT
By Admin / Posted on June 6th, 2017
For more information, contact: Susan Ryan
firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.615.2359
GREEN HOUSE® PROJECT CONTINUES TO LEAD LONG-TERM CARE TRANSFORMATION WITH NEW $650,000 ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION GRANT
BALTIMORE, MD – The Green House® Project has received a two-year, $650,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to fulfill its mission of redefining—and humanizing—long-term care in the United States.
The Green House Project aims to end the institutionalization of older adults in America. Under this vision, all elders will have the opportunity to live in small, welcoming homes with dignity, autonomy, choice, and the best quality of life possible, while receiving the care they need.
The new RWJF grant will enable Green House Project leaders at the nonprofit Center for Innovation, which recently acquired the Green House trademark and intellectual property, to continue spearheading this movement. They will work with the leading Green House adopters to further refine the model while spreading it across the country.
Additionally, the national initiative plans to expand the impact of the Green House model through a specialized focus on people living with dementia, people in need of short-term rehabilitation services, and other areas of innovation. The Green House Project, the pioneer of the small house model, offers proven clinical and financial outcomes through a comprehensive cultural transformation across the entire organizational system.
“The Green House Project is a dynamic model that continues to evolve as an agile leader in the field,” said Scott Townsley, president of the Center for Innovation. “The success of the Green House Project has catalyzed a community of thought leaders who are discovering new ways to improve the lives of elders. We’re excited to work in partnership with them to change the way people age.”
The Center for Innovation, where the Green House Project is based, was founded by three members of the faculty at The Erickson School, University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Erickson School is the only program in the country offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the management of aging services.
The Green House Project launched more than a dozen years ago with the shared vision of its founder, William Thomas, M.D., and RWJF, for transforming long-term care. Today, 231 Green House homes are open and operating, serving elders in 32 states across the country, and another 150 are in the works.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Thomas for his role in helping to get the Green House Project to where it is today,” said Susan Ryan, senior director of The Green House Project. “We wish him well in his future endeavors to move the field forward.”
The Green House Project has a solid evidence base. Supported by RWJF, the THRIVE Research Collaborative conducted a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the Green House model. A team of leading health care and long-term researchers conducted a half-dozen studies that addressed workforce issues, quality of care, cost savings, and culture change. These studies, all published in the journal Health Services Research, found that:
- Elders in Green House homes were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, to be bedridden, to need catheters, or to have pressure sores than those in non-Green House homes.
- Annual inpatient and skilled nursing facility Medicare costs were significantly lower for elders in Green House homes.
- Caregiving staff in Green House homes spent more time per day with elders than caregiving staff in non-Green House homes.
“The Green House Project is what people want—for themselves and for their loved ones,” said Nancy Barrand, senior adviser for program development at RWJF. “We want to ensure that every community has a Green House home and that the Green House Project becomes the standard of quality for all nursing care.”
To learn more about The Green House Project, visit: thegreenhouseproject.org
By Admin / Posted on June 2nd, 2017
The Green House (GH) model is a valuable investment of time and resources, and can yield incredible results. As the only evidence based culture change initiative, it has been proven, and together with Green House adopters around the country, there is a responsibility to protect it. The Model Enrichment Resource & Integrity Tool (MERIT) was developed in response to insights gained through research. It is used as a tool to assess model integrity across all Green House homes.
The term MERIT (Model Enrichment Resource and Integrity Tool) is used to describe the GH model integrity process. However, MERIT is an umbrella term for several GH evaluation and assessment tools.
MERIT Staff Assessment
- The MERIT Staff Assessment is designed to evaluate the application of the core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life, and Empowered Staff in Green House homes. The MERIT Staff Assessment launched in 2015 and has been administered to open Green House homes in 2015 and 2016. It is used to measure how model fidelity manifests in practice.
MERIT Organizational Outcomes Assessment (new for 2017)
- This tool gathers quality outcomes from Green House organizations including key clinical and financial indicators. These clinical and financial benchmarks will provide a valuable comparison to the MERIT Staff Assessment data, and parallels an organization’s data collection through its QI and QM processes.
MERIT Staff Assessment for Legacy Homes (new for 2017)
- This online tool assesses the application of The Green House core values in a legacy environment. Green House organizations interested in assessing the level of alignment to the core values in their legacy environment and understanding the level of cultural transformation across the organization may contract with GHP for the delivery of the assessment tool. Participation is voluntary. The administration of this assessment tool follows the same process as the GH MERIT Staff Assessment.
The Green House model is based on three fundamental core values: Meaningful Life, Empowered Staff, and Real Home. These values play an important role in successfully implementing and sustaining the integrity of the Green House model, as evidenced by:
- Consistent care delivery and shared goals among Green House adopters
- The most comprehensive approach to holistic culture change grounded in elder-centered values and essential practices
- Standards that protect the integrity of The Green House brand and investment of organizations who have committed to the model
- On-going opportunities for Green House peer support and accountability
- Impact on a national scale with emphasis on research and growth of the model
The design and administration of the MERIT online assessment and database management process is managed by the Center for Social Research (CSR) at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CSR conducts social-scientific research on behalf of Calvin faculty and a wide array of local, national, and international organizations. Each year, the tool evolves and is refined.
By Admin / Posted on May 22nd, 2017
THE GREEN HOUSE Homes at Saint Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich are open! These are the first new nursing homes to open in RI in over 25 years.
By Admin / Posted on July 22nd, 2016
Oregon became the 30th state to open Green House homes as Cedar Sinai Park celebrated the grand opening of their first long term care homes. “The Green House project creates an environment that doesn’t just feel like home – it IS
their home,” says Cedar Sinai Park, CEO, Sandra Simon. “It is built on the premise that each resident should be able to make the decisions that shape how they live each precious day. The Green House model is a natural progression of our philosophy at Cedar Sinai Park to treat everybody with love, honor and respect. This is the future of aging services, and we are proud to create the first Green House home in Oregon.”
The Green House Project has spent over a decade creating its new vision for the future of elder care and research shows, they have potential to deliver better outcomes than
traditional nursing homes.
Simon continues, “Green House homes combine the best of a real home setting with skilled care, giving elders the freedom to live life on their terms rather than conform to the rhythms of the institution.” The model is built on core values that include:
- Meaningful life focused on personal choices,
- Consistent, compassionate, highly trained and empowered staff
- Advanced, research driven medical services in a real
Senior Director, Susan Ryan commended the organization, “It says something when a community can be a part of a radical transformation like The Green House model. It says, that we are progressive, and we are creating an age friendly society.”
To learn more about Cedar Sinai Park, visit their website: http://cedarsinaipark.org/dignity-by-design/
Maggie Calkins, Long Time Friend of The Green House Project, Named Executive Director of Mayer-Rothchild Foundation
By Admin / Posted on July 18th, 2016
The Green House Project would like to congratulate long time friend and collaborator, Maggie Calkins, on her recent appointment as Executive Director of the Mayer-Rothchild Foundation. Calkins has contributed greatly to the field of culture change in long term care, and brings more than 25 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, and educator to the foundation.
Originally established under the will of Hulda B. Rothschild as The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, it was led by Dr. Rob Mayer for 35 years. The name was changed to honor Rob after his death last year, “We will continue to follow Rob’s inspiring approach and work to build networks of communities and organizations to collaborate in both creating incentives and identifying pragmatic solutions to the challenging issues that face our elders today, so that the elders of tomorrow will be able to live deep and meaningful lives” Calkins says.
For the past five years, the foundation has focused on codes, guidelines, regulations, and funding research that needed to be done in order to create better lives for elders and those working closest to them. The Green House Project’s pursuit of real home was furthered by their advocacy with CMS to update fire safety codes and allow for a more residential environment. We are grateful to the work of this foundation, and Maggie’s leadership to further person-centered practices.
By Admin / Posted on July 7th, 2016
July 6, 2016
For immediate release:
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today in Lake St. Louis, Mo for Cottages of Lake St. Louis! State Rep. Justin Hill, Karen Vennard, Lake St. Louis Board of Alderman President, several Lake St. Louis Aldermen, and values business partners joined the festivities and ceremonial shoveling of dirt.
The ownership team of locally owned and operated Cottages of Lake St. Louis includes Focused Senior Communities, led by Al Beamer, IronRock Real Estate, led by Tom Hillman, Dr. Joseph Gira, and Barth Holohan. Cottages of Lake St. Louis is financed through St. Louis Bank, built by GS & S General Contractors, designed by The Lawrence Group, engineered by Horner & Shifrin, with interior design by Invacare Interior Design.
Cottages of Lake St. Louis will be the first Green House homes in Missouri. It is 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 in in 30 states and has spent over a decade creating a new vision for the future of elder care. The Green House model delivers better health and satisfaction 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.
Construction has begun on a 5.2-acre site at 2885 Technology Drive, the southeast corner of Technology Drive and Feise Commercial Drive in Lake St Louis (near the Hwy. 364/I-64 interchange). The Cottages are 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 http://www.TheGreenHouseProject.org In our homes the schedule of each Elder is decided by the Elder, not a calendar on the wall, beginning with natural awakening each morning. Our goal is to facilitate the Elders’ independence and ability to pursue their interests. Elders in each home share meals at their common table where family members are also encouraged to join. Staffing ratios are among the best in the area, allowing for greater interaction and deeper relationships between Elders and caregivers. 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. It’s natural. It’s common sense, and it works. 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! Grand Opening is expected to be mid-January 2017.
Media inquiries can contact Christie Tutschulte, VP Care Management at (314) 960-1285 or email Christie@CottagesLSL.com.
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 January 2017.
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 July 5th, 2016
“Living the good life” is a blog series celebrating the lives of people living with dementia in Green House homes. In Green House homes across the country, elders are creative, resourceful and whole people who have a valuable story to share.
Dr. Lemuel Rogers
“Without connections to the world that nurtures our human spirit, we hasten decline” -Susan Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project
Our lives are a rich tapestry of interests and experiences, woven together across time. Sharing and celebrating our unique stories ensures that our personhood is preserved, even as our needs change. Dr. Lemuel Rogers, was the epitome of dignity; a dapper, intelligent man with a great smile and beautiful singing voice. He was well known in the community as a respected doctor, and leader of his church. Meaningful life is a core value of The Green House model. The means that a person must be deeply known, and have the power to maintain their identity through connections and engagement.
For Dr. Rogers, that meant being respected and acknowledged for the expertise and reputation that took a lifetime to build. In the home, he preferred to be called “Doctor”, and frequently perused medical journals with former St. John’s medical director, Al Power. Staying connected to the community that he loved, shahbazim (care staff) supported Dr. Rogers to attend the annual African-American Health Symposium, a church event dedicated to him and his wife, Gloria. Being honored for one’s gifts is essential to living the good life.
Work hard, play hard. Dr. Rogers was also an active member in his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. His fraternity brothers were frequent visitors at The Green House homes, bringing joy and beautiful music. Dr Roger’s loved to sing and was able to share his talents with others in his home. See the below video of Dr. Rogers singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.
Often, those living with dementia become known solely by their diagnosis. The beautiful tapestry gets lost amidst the behaviors and medications. In a Green House home, however, the value is placed on WHO that person is, and WHAT will support them in living the good life. Dr. Rogers was serious, but had a great sense of humor. You really felt like you’d done something special when you made him laugh. When children would come to visit, he would shake their hands very formally when he met them and they loved it. His dementia was pretty advanced by the time he moved to The Green House home, but when a doctor talked with him, or his church or fraternity visited, he always sat up a little straighter, shone a little brighter, and rose to the occasion in conversation. The man just…exuded dignity.
By Admin / Posted on June 29th, 2016
The Green House model is a radical transformation of traditional long term care. As a national initiative, Green House adopters are continuously innovating, taking this already proven model to new heights. The New Jewish Home (formerly, Jewish Home Lifecare), has named veteran eldercare executive Tammy L. Marshall its first Chief Experience Officer, to support a deep and sustained culture change. Ms. Marshall was previously the organization’s Director of Green House Education.
In this newly created position, Ms. Marshall is responsible for leading efforts to create the best possible experience for everyone whom the organization touches. Ms. Marshall’s chief responsibility will be to ensure that the central tenet of The Green House model—that power resides with the elder and those working closest to them– permeates all facets of the organization. Building relationships and new kinds of connections between staff members and residents, will be a critical part of Ms. Marshall’s job.
Said Audrey Weiner, President and CEO, The New Jewish Home: “There is no one better qualified to become our first chief experience officer than Tammy Marshall. She brings to the job not only the technical skills and the experience required, but also an unparalleled commitment to the humanity that underlies The Green House model and person-directed care. She is an unrepentant evangelist for the right of elders and those who care for them to live fully realized lives in which their wishes and their contributions are uniquely valued.”
To be called The Living Center of Manhattan, the 20-story structure will be New York City’s first Green House residence and the first to be built in a major urban environment. In keeping with The New Jewish Home’s focus on putting a persons’ wishes first, several of The Living Center’s 22 individual Green House households will be kosher and, in another first for New York City, at least one will be all-LGBTQ, although LGTBQ residents will be welcome in every household.
It has been said that culture change is a journey without a destination, and The New Jewish Home is helping to shape the changing landscape of aging in society. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.