By Meg LaPorte / Posted on March 13th, 2018
For our next series, we visited Pompano Beach, Fla., where a retirement community known as John Knox Village is located–about 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. On the campus are 12 Green House homes, which are small, resident-centered homes designed intentionally to counter the institutional feel of traditional nursing homes. A key feature of a Green House home is that staff and residents are empowered to live and work together as a team. Helping to make this team operate smoothly are Sages, who hold an esteemed position within the home. For this series, we interviewed Sages, all of whom have a lifetime of experience from which to draw upon to assist elders and others within the home. We will let our first interviewee, Diane, explain the purpose of a Sage: “As part of structure of this place they look for volunteers to act as Sages, because we’re old and wise and we’ve had experience working with groups, mentoring people, and problem solving with people. There is a screening process and we were trained. There are homes in this building, and there is at least one Sage assigned to each home. We come in on a volunteer basis and our function is to council, mentor, encourage the shabazim, who are the trained CNAs, within the home, to help them create a self-managed work team. And we are also there to provide contact between the elders and the shabazim and to enable them to get to know each other better. We come in on a fairly regular basis to visit in the home, we attend team meetings, if we’re invited, and hopefully give them the support they need.” . . How often do you come to the home? “It varies. I try to come two or three times a week, and that’s hard because I’m involved in other things. But I try to make it two or three times a week. I’m a resident of John Knox Village, as all the Sages are. We are lucky that we have that volunteer base to work with because everyone is on the property.” . . . . . #changingaging #agewoke #disruptaging #agepositive #greenhousehomes #sages #wisewords @johnknoxvillage #florida #pompanobeach #johnknoxvillage #ageinamerica #oldandwise #olderandwiser
By Breanna Howell / Posted on April 5th, 2017
The Green House model has added passion and purpose to my family in many ways. My grandparents, David and Twylah Haun, are Independent Living residents at John Knox Village (JKV) and they were instrumental in bringing The Green House model to their community. We have had many great conversations about the model’s potential over the years, and it has become close to my heart as well. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). When a professor challenged us to seek out opportunities and learn what it means to be a leader in healthcare, I immediately thought of my grandparents. This led to an exciting externship at The Woodlands at JKV. Before I stepped foot on the grounds at JKV, I was already destined to have valuable experiences simply based on the leadership skills I could learn from my grandparents.
I can still remember back in 2011 when bringing The Green House model to JKV became the main topic of our Thanksgiving meal ; My grandmother was interested and my grandfather was doubtful. Never ones to be easily convinced or to skimp on their research, they decided to take a road trip to eight different Green House homes to see this model in action. After visiting four homes, Grandfather was sold on the idea and came home to put their research into action. In the years since this initial exploratory trip, my grandparents have stayed very involved in The Green House initiative at JKV and also at a national level. They have spoken at the national Green House Meeting, contributed to The Green House blog, and helped with every aspect of creating and opening The Woodlands at JKV (including selecting paintings for the walls and dishes for the dining rooms, pictured right). Grandma has continued her active role in The Green House homes by becoming a Sage, a volunteer role that allows her to mentor and support the self managed work team to become a cohesive team and help create a real home for and with the elders.
In my program, we were discussing different models of care, and my professor brought up The Green House Project. It was something USC knew little about, but were excited to see how it could change the future. I was thrilled to be able to share my grandparents’ experiences with my 150 classmates and professors. I couldn’t wait to see the model in action! The Woodlands at JKV represents the first Green House homes in Florida, and they also offer homes dedicated to short term rehabilitation. Providing meaningful therapy in a natural environment is the ideal for an occupational therapist, and an exciting reality in the Green House homes.
I spent my externship running from meeting to meeting, soaking up as many experiences as possible, and asking questions about everything. From the staff in the homes to the people working across the whole community, I was continually impressed by the way they put the needs of the elder first, and balanced that with the success of the organization.
Some of my most meaningful interactions occurred with the elders, sharing stories of joy, belonging, and feeling safe in The Green House homes. In the end, this is why we do what we do, and it filled my heart with pride to be able to see this vision that my grandparents helped to carry forward, being lived out in such a beautiful way.
My time at JKV was a wonderful learning experience, and one that I will never forget. The Green House model is truly making a difference in the lives of the elders and those who are passionate about working with them. As a leader and therapist, I know that one of the greatest gifts I can give a client is to remind them that they are a unique individual who matters. From talking to the elders and listening to their stories, watching the direct care staff prepare meals in their home, participating in leadership meetings, and delivering mail to the homes with my grandmother, every experience taught me something valuable, and I am incredibly grateful.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on August 9th, 2016
Over 200 Green House Homes Now Open in 30 States
BALTIMORE, MD (August 9, 2016)– THE GREEN HOUSE® PROJECT has spent over a decade creating a new vision for the future of elder care. In June, the organization reported an important milestone: more than 200 Green House homes are being operated by leading organizations in 30 states.
Upon reaching this new milestone, Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan says, “It is beyond exciting to see this initiative gaining momentum. It took us 10 years to reach the first 100 homes, and only five years to add the next 100. As our numbers continue to grow, it means that more people are able to live full and meaningful lives. Both the elders who live in Green House homes and those who work there, benefit from the elements of the model that returns value and autonomy to those who it matters to most.“
John Knox Village, a lifecare community in Pompano Beach, Fl represents the 200th Green House home to open. In May 2016, they opened 12 Green House homes. Says CEO, Gerry Stryker, of the momentous occasion, “Being the 200th Green House home is incredibly emotional and fulfilling for John Knox Village. We recognize that we are a part of a rapidly growing national movement to change the face of care and rehabilitation. Our elders deserve this.”
Cedar Sinai Park, in Portland, OR, opened the first of four Green House homes in July, representing the thirtieth state to include this lifestyle model. Sandra Simon, CEO said, “This is the future of aging services, and we are proud to create the first Green House home in Oregon.”
Research finds that comprehensive adoption of the model has the potential to impact re-hospitalization rates, end of life care, and the quality of decisions made in the homes. A strong evidence base makes this model an appealing option to consumers, policymakers and long-term care providers and increases potential for scaling.
The Green House concept has already spread nationwide, with Green House projects operating or in development in 34 states. The organization’s goal is to increase the pace of growth, and have at least 300 homes open by 2020.
About The Green House Project
Based in Baltimore, MD, The Green House Project promotes an alternative to the traditional institutional skilled nursing, replacing it with an innovative new model of care that balances quality of life with quality of care. In the Green House model, large nursing facilities are replaced with small, self-contained homes that include private bedrooms and baths, home-cooked meals and access to the outdoors, while meeting all skilled nursing regulatory and reimbursement criteria. Incorporating the core values of meaningful life, real home and empowered staff, the Green House model creates a higher quality of life, improved medical outcomes, and greater caregiver satisfaction. There are currently more than 200 Green House homes in 30 states. The Green House Project is an initiative within the newly formed Center for Innovation. Visit our website at www.thegreenhouseproject.org.
By David and Twylah Haun / Posted on July 26th, 2016
The Woodlands at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida is the first Green House project to be initiated by the residents themselves. My wife, Twylah and I, live at John Knox Village and were instrumental in bringing this model to our community. When the organization began discussing plans to build a new nursing home, the residents had a simple request; we wanted private rooms with private baths. However, as we researched more, we discovered The Green House model, and realized that privacy was only the beginning.
Twylah immediately got excited about the concept. I was not as convinced. I questioned if the program was financially wise, and if our village could afford it. I had doubts as to the quality and efficiency of preparing meals in each home, and how worthwhile it would be for us to pay outside Green House “experts” who might dictate plans and organizational structures not appropriate for John Knox Village.
In 2011, I suggested that Twylah and I visit some existing Green House homes. I felt it unfair for me to reject the concept in ignorance, so we arranged our summer vacation to include requests to visit Green House homes across the country.
Our trip’s first visit was to Buckner Westminster Place, in Longview, Texas. I remember when we entered the home, thinking, “Wow, this doesn’t look like a nursing facility at all!” Visiting with their leadership and hearing of their success began to alter some of my concerns.
Continuing our trip, we drove to Magnolia, Arkansas, where we were welcomed at The Green House Cottages of Wentworth Place. Twylah’s enthusiasm grew, and after conversations with leadership and administration, I began to consider “why would we want to re-invent the wheel, this seems to be a proven model.”
Both of us were impressed by the testimonials of Shahbazim (versatile workers who serve as care staff) and Guides, who raved about the quality of care they were able to provide in this new model, “I never would want to work in a traditional style again” seemed to be a recurring theme.
By our fourth visit to The Green House Homes at Traceway in Tupelo, Mississippi, I found my concerns regarding the cost, the food, and the organization had been resolved. The value of working with The Green House Project was clear and we were certain that we could trust them to guide through this transformation.
All of our research paid off. We could adopt the proven elements and core values of The Green House model and still create homes that would reflect the culture of Florida and John Knox Village. John Knox leadership agreed and decided to become a trademarked Green House organization. In every way, we has benefited from working with The Green House Project on this quest. Their training and guidance is unsurpassed. After much hard work, the organization opened 12 Green House homes of 12 elders each, in a seven story building on May 26th, 2016.
As the first Green House nursing home in Florida, we hope that we are establishing a trend in the state toward person-centered care. How grateful we are to live at John Knox Village, an organization that really listens to its residents, and ensures that, as our needs change, we will receive top notch care in a wonderful home.
To learn more about The Woodlands at John Knox Village, we invite you to visit the web at http://www.woodlandsjkv.com
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 12th, 2015
As many of you know celebrations and rituals hold a special place in the philosophy of the Green House model. It’s important to take time to honor special goals that have been achieved. John Knox Village did just that in late April when the community celebrated the tree topping ceremony. It’s a tradition in the construction industry when a building’s structure has reached its maximum height.
Elders and Community leaders were all on hand when the Christmas Palm was placed atop their seven story building, called The Woodlands, which will include 12 Green House homes.
Guest speakers included City of Pompano Beach Mayor, Lamar Fisher who said “John Knox Village has become the leader in healthcare in Pompano Beach. It is the largest healthcare provider and employer in the city. The Woodlands will continue this leadership. It will be the pinnacle of our cultural change.” Mr. Fisher made those comments during an earlier groundbreaking event for the project.
The construction of the building is being led by The Weitz Company which has offices in South Florida.
The Woodlands is a $34-plus million project and is expected to open the middle of next year. Each of the top six floors will have two Green House homes with a total of 144 private bedrooms and bathrooms for the Elders.
We congratulate all of those involved with the project and look forward to the grand opening of this very special development!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on November 6th, 2013
It’s hard to believe half the country now has a Green House home in their state! In late October Florida became the 25th state when The Green House Residences opened in Jacksonville.
The homes are part of Brooks Rehabilitation and their Bartram Lakes development.
The opening of the two 12-Elder assisted living homes was kicked off with a “Celebrate Aging” event. The founder of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, Dr. Bill Thomas was the keynote speaker. He is pictured below with Shahbaz Tracey Crawford.
Click here to learn more about the homes and the celebration in a story from The Florida Times Union. Then tell us what you think!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 21st, 2013
These are definitely exciting times at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida! Last week their Board of Directors approved the development of THE GREEN HOUSE® residences at the Village and renovations to their current Health Center.
“This project ensures our ability to fulfill our health care contract with our residents at the level and quality of care they expect from us,” said Board Chairman William Knibloe, II. “Further, it provides for our employees the opportunity to be part of the most important development and progressive care giving to seniors existing today.”
The $34-plus million project will be located on the northwest corner of The Village’s 65-acre campus. There will be seven floors, with the main floor featuring a community area for all Elders. The other six floors will each have two Green House homes. Each home will have 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a living area and kitchen.
Groundbreaking is slated for July, with the first Elders moving in October 2015.
Click here to read more about this development!
By hmarshall / Posted on December 11th, 2012
The Green House ® Residences
Operating: 0; In development: 2; Square Feet per Home: 8000
Brooks Rehabilitation, a non-profit health system serving the North East Florida region for over 35 years, is proud to announce the development of two 12-person Green House homes to add to its existing continuum of healthcare services. Brooks Rehabilitation currently consists of the nation’s busiest freestanding Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), 26 outpatient clinics, one of the region’s largest Home Healthcare Agencies, a 68-bed five-star rated Skilled Nursing Facility, a 100-bed Skilled Nursing Facility (under development), a 61-unit Assisted Living Facility (under development) and a Clinical Research center.
The Green House ® Residences at Brooks Rehabilitation will provide specialized care to individuals with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia-Related Disorders. The homes will be licensed with the Extended Congregate Care – Assisted Living Facility license which will allow Brooks to provide a high level of personalized care to each of the elders. Each home will be centered on creating a community that supports the most positive elderhood and work life possible, and will embody the Brooks core values of teamwork, integrity, service, accountability, innovation and excellence at every level.
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By Maura Porcelli / Posted on September 26th, 2011
In a first for THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project (at least that we know of), resident research contributes to the adoption of The Green House model:
[Excerpts from The Thursday Flyer, a weekly newsletter of the residents of John Knox Village of Florida as published September 22, 2011] “In a landmark move to cement the position of John Knox Village as the premier state-of-the-art nursing home provider in the State of Florida, the JKV Board of Directors…voted to apply for membership in The Green House Project. That motion, from an Ad-Hoc New Health Center Building Committee including ten members who are JKV residents, came before the Board with the unanimous approval of the Board’s Building Committee and Finance & Audit Committee, and passed the Board by near unanimity.
Board Chair Bill Knibloe pointed out that The Green House Project, with more than 100 homes open and functioning, has gained extensive experience operating in 27 states over the past seven years. They are the only organization, Knibloe said, to have developed a comprehensive, time-tested model embodying the philosophy of person-directed care, a supportive building plan and a corresponding cost-effective staff reorganization model. Rather than trying to “reinvent the wheel,” JKV will be better served by adopting the proven Green House model.
Board Member and prominent geriatric neurologist Dr. Murray Todd, who visited an operating Green House home in Birmingham, Alabama, earlier this year with Health Center Administrator Mark Rayner, Director of Nursing Christina Desposito and JKV resident Nancy Matthews, said all four had been impressed with what they saw and that he personally was convinced the Green House model was the way to go. It is more like a real home than an institution.
Addressing the question of cost, Resident Board Member Norm Rasmussen cited extensive independent scholarly research showing that the costs of Green House construction and operation are on a par with those of other first-class skilled nursing facilities featuring all private rooms, as does the Green House model. Resident Board Member John Thompson had spoken with the Health Center Administrator and CFO at a 5-star California CCRC operating, as does John Knox Village, with “Type-A” insurance-policy contracts and set to start construction of the first Green House homes in California in a few months. Both were enthusiastic about their project. The Administrator praised in particular the skill of The Green House Project in negotiating their project’s approval through three demanding California state agencies. The CFO said they would not raise monthly maintenance fees at all due to expected operating costs of Green House homes.”
The Green House Project is thrilled to be working with such a strong partnership of staff and residents.
By ghblog / Posted on July 21st, 2011
In Development: 4
Square Feet per Home: 7510
Sunrise Community of Southwest Miami provides continuous active treatment to 120 individuals with developmental disabilities ranging in age from 30 to 70 years. Many of the residents have been living with supports from Sunrise since they were young teens and adults. As they have matured, many of the individuals now require more skilled care. The residents want to remain part of a community, while still receiving the full range of clinical services needed rather than move to a traditional skilled nursing facility. To support these individuals in their choice plans, Sunrise plans to build four 10-person Green House homes.