By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on June 4th, 2015
Experiencing success, Buckner brings The Green House model to new communities
Dallas, Tx — June 4, 2015 – Buckner Retirement Living, a non-profit organization located in Texas, has a long history of working with The Green House Project, a not-for-profit that is part of Capital Impact’s Community Solutions Group, and is now entering into a new contract to build new Green House homes in Texas.
Buckner is partnering with The Green House Project to add Green House homes to their new Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Dallas, to help reposition their community in San Angelo and to expand their Beaumont CCRC to serve more elders with skilled care needs.
“We believe The Green House model is the best way to serve elders who need 24-hour nursing.” says Pat Crump, Vice President of Operations of Buckner Retirement Living “Our current Green House homes have been hugely successful, as evidenced by high family and resident satisfaction surveys, great clinical outcomes and extremely low staff turnover.”
The Green House model creates real homes for 10 to 12 elders, complete with private rooms and baths, home-cooked meals, and access to the outdoors. And by providing elders with dignity, autonomy and choice, Green House homes provide people with the best quality of life possible. The Green House model delivers better outcomes than traditional nursing homes, with potential to reduce hospitalizations and the cost of care.
For Crump, his past success was key in his decision to expand this model throughout his company, “We have benefitted from having a proven model and the great support from The Green House team. We strongly believe that providing elders a home as opposed to “warehousing” them in a nursing home is the right thing to do, and our customers agree. The higher census we experience with this model equates to solid financial performance.”
Buckner Retirement Living is part of a larger effort nationwide to dramatically improve the way aging Americans receive long-term care. With the number of 85-year-olds in the U.S. increasing by 50 percent by 2030, a new approach for long-term care has never been more important.
“The financial and clinical success that Buckner Retirement has experienced provides strong validation for The Green House model,” said Scott Brown, Director of Outreach for The Green House Project. “The lower turnover, higher census, and positive clinical outcomes meet the growing demand to provide high quality care at a lower cost.”
“We commend Buckner Retirement Living for their vision, as pioneers of The Green House movement, and their commitment to never build another traditional nursing home,” Mr. Brown continues, “We are honored to partner with Pat and his team to transform long term care in Texas.”
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, 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. http://thegreenhouseproject.org/
About Buckner Retirement Living: Since 1879, Buckner has served people in need across Texas. Expanding to 8 communities, Buckner one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Over the years, Buckner has continued to refine, renovate and update their settings, programs and services to meet the needs of each new generation of residents. But one thing hasn’t changed: their faith-filled commitment to providing them with a rewarding way to live and the highest quality of living.