By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on August 7th, 2017
In the spirit of honoring the past, officials from the West Vue Nursing Home broke ground for their new Green House homes the same way it happened over half a century ago–with mules and a plow!
August 3, 2017 was a bright and sunny day to officially launch the construction of three 10-bedroom Green House homes. In fact construction equipment was ready to begin their work once the event had concluded!
Located in West Plains, Missouri, the West Vue Nursing Home has been dedicated to providing care to elders in their rural community since the mid 1960’s and has earned a stellar reputation in the area.
In addition to Green House staff on hand for the event, GHN Architects and Engineers President Brad Baker expressed his eagerness to be part of the the project and his deep support for the Green House model, and his hope that more will be built.
The decision to build the homes was made with careful thought and consideration by the board of directors and leadership at West Vue. President and CEO, Jalynn Meidell said that when she heard about the model, she knew she wanted West Vue to be part of it.
The homes are slated to open later next year. Congratulations to all involved in the development of this project!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on December 19th, 2016
While 2016 was an impressive year with more than 200 homes open and operating in 30 states, we expect to see that momentum continue in 2017! It will be a year where we will see our first PACE Green House homes open in Michigan…and the first Green House homes will be opening in Rhode Island, where Saint Elizabeth Home broke a 20 year moratorium on new nursing home beds.
Here’s a quick look at how the year is shaping up for Grand Openings and Groundbreaking ceremonies:
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Detroit, MI
The first PACE Green House Homes in the country–this development is part of the Thome Rivertown Neighborhood in Detroit, MI
Clark Lindsey Village, Urbana, IL
1st home opens in January, 2nd home
Cottages of Lake St. Louis, Lake St. Louis MO
1st home opens Jan 23rd with homes opening sequentially through Spring
Belle Meade Rehabilitation, Paragould, AR
Saint Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich, RI
2 AL homes
2 AL homes
Buckner – Calder Woods, Beaumont, TX
Jewish Senior Life, Rochester, NY
VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA
5 homes (in addition to their 3 existing)
3 homes open early fall (September) and 2 homes open 6 weeks later
West Vue, Inc.,West Plains, MO
Cave City Nursing Home, Cave City, AR
Southern Administrative Services, Little Rock, AR
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on November 10th, 2016
An estimated 200 people attended the ceremony November 3rd to officially cut the ribbon on the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation! JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow, MA has been working hard to develop the two Green House homes for short-term rehabilitation which are expected to open in December.
Among those attending included Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. A number of JGS board members and staff were also on hand for the celebration.
Each home will provide rehabilitation for 12 people and are the first Green House rehab homes in western Massachusetts. Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan, congratulated the team at JGS Lifecare and officially welcomed them to the Green House family.
Read more about the event:
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on September 20th, 2016
Washington County Nursing Home celebrated the grand opening of their four Green House homes on September 13th. This new development represents a complete replacement for the former county nursing home and was a project that had been on the drawing board for many years.
County Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn echoed those feelings, “We are so delighted to have so many people and distinguished guests share our celebration of this day. This has been a seven year dream brought to a reality. When we started the project of building the homes, we were met with many obstacles. But with perseverance and prayer, the homes became a reality, thanks to the talented, determined and energetic enthusiasm generated by many persons involved in this project.”
Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan told those attending, “This is a chance to practice life a new way in the new homes. It is a chance to allow the residents to live, grow and thrive. I challenge the residents of Washington County to go into this with a full heart and with dedication, as the best is yet to come. This is a great opportunity for Washington County and for the residents of the county.”
Read more about the events that day in this story provided by the Akron News-Reporter.
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on September 16th, 2016
It was a beautiful day on September 11th for a special ground blessing at the Ave Maria Home where they are building an additional five Green House homes.
Over the past three and half years they have been raising funds to build the homes which will cost approximately $10 million.
The new homes will be built on their existing property and across the street from their existing four Green House homes. Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, told those attending the event that she was so pleased to share in the joy of the celebration and expressed how grateful she was for leaders like Ave Maria Executive Director, Frank Gattuso, who embraced the idea that life can be different and became part of the national Green House movement.
The goal is to break ground in July 2017 for these homes. We wish Ave Maria the best in this new development!
To hear more of Susan’s comments at the ceremony, play the video clip below:
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on September 10th, 2016
While Elders have been enjoying living the Green House Cottages of Carmel for several months—the official Grand Opening ceremonies took place on August 25th.
In May the first Elders in Indiana moved into the Green House homes…three are now open and when all six cottages are complete they will be home to 72 Elders.
The cottages are dedicated to care in three different areas: long-term, memory care and short term rehabilitation. We welcome our new members to the Green House family of adopters and wish them much success!
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!
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 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.
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 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.