GROUNDBREAKING OF CLARK-LINDSEY’S GREEN HOUSE HOMES FOR DEMENTIA CARE

By / Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Green House Homes Will Be First of Their Kind in Champaign County

(Reprinted from Perkins Eastman) Last Thursday, September 24, in Urbana, IL, team members from the Chicago office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined leadership from Clark-Lindsey for the groundbreaking of the CCRC’s new small homes for specialized dementia care—one devoted to assisted living and the other for skilled nursing care—that will follow The GREEN HOUSE® model. Each home will feature 12 private bedrooms, individualized care from specially trained caregivers, and home furnishings. The Perkins Eastman design team is led by Principal Jerry Walleck AIA and Associate Principal Ramu Ramachandran AIA, LEED AP, two key members of the firm’s renowned senior living practice area.

clark lindseyClark-Lindsey has partnered with The Green House Project and Perkins Eastman to help usher in a new and superior standard of care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses. The introduction of these homes not only marks the first Green House project in Champaign County but also a major step forward for how Illinois providers and regulatory officials are looking to institute efficient and innovative care models for seniors. Green House homes are designed to provide a personalized model of care within a real home setting, replete with an open kitchen, dining room and other common areas, setting them apart from the traditional institutional model that can resemble a hospital or nursing home.

clark lindsey2The new homes, situated on a 10,000 sf footprint, will feature an architectural design where every inch of space has been carefully considered in order to transform the physical environment to feel more like home. From the outdoor courtyard, library and den areas to the open kitchen providing home cooked meals, these amenities encourage social contact among elders and caregivers. The homes’ design is tailored to maintain existing on-site trees as well as acknowledge the natural surroundings with respect to building proportion, scale and form, while also taking full advantage of the expansive views of adjacent Meadowbrook Park.

“Clark-Lindsey is already known within the industry as a leader and innovator when it comes to care,” says Jerry Walleck, the project’s design lead, “and the new Green House homes are a continuation of that. They will provide invaluable care and services to dementia residents and their families, and it’s an enormous privilege to have played our part in making that happen.” Both homes are scheduled to open in late 2016.

Clark-Lindsey Village was founded in 1978 and is the area’s first and only CCRC. It is one of only eight certified Centers for Successful Aging in the U.S. In addition to its forthcoming dementia care small homes, Clark-Lindsey Village offers extensive independent living accommodations, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy services, assisted living and skilled nursing care at its Meadowbrook Health Center.

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.

About Perkins Eastman
Perkins Eastman is among the top design and architecture firms in the world. With almost 950 employees in 14 locations around the globe, Perkins Eastman practices at every scale of the built environment. From niche buildings to complex projects that enrich whole communities, the firm’s portfolio reflects a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the quality of the human experience. With work in 46 states and more than 40 countries, the firm’s portfolio includes transportation and public infrastructure, high-end residential, commercial, hotels, retail, office buildings, corporate interiors, schools, hospitals, museums, senior living, and public sector facilities. Perkins Eastman provides award-winning design through its offices in North America (New York, NY; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; Stamford, CT; Toronto, Canada; and Washington, DC); South America (Guayaquil, Ecuador); North Africa and Middle East (Dubai, UAE); and Asia (Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China).

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Reflections on Memorial Day

By / Posted on May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces in the United States.  We thought who better to offer their reflections on this special day than the veterans who live in Green House homes.  The below was written by Mr. Robert Foster and Mr. Randy Cook.  Supported by Mr. James Tucker and Mr. Delbert Foltz.  Freedom Green House Home, VA Iliana Healthcare System, Department Of Veteran Affairs, Danville IL.

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“Memorial Day…

Gives me the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our American Armed Forces who made this wonderful country of ours what it is today, the greatest country on earth, The United State of America.

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Unfortunately, many of our brave Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and this great nation. We must always remember the valorous efforts they put forth in making America the land of the free and the home of the brave.  This day also gives us the opportunity to remember our loved ones who served our nation. I remember both his father and brother who were both combat veterans and have since passed, but also how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to honorably serve my country.  Memorial Day is day that as I have gotten older understand the true purpose of this holiday and the meaning of remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our countries freedoms; making me proud to be an American.”

To learn more about Green House Projects for Veterans click here.

 


Nurses Organization of Veteran Affairs (NOVA)

By / Posted on May 8th, 2015

Gerontological Nurse, Green House Guide and RN Supervisor, Ann Wagle, from the VA Illiana Green House homes in Danville, IL will present a poster on “The Role of Nurses in the Green House home” during the NOVA 2015 Annual Meeting this June in Washington D.C. The poster will outline the impact of the Green House model on Veterans, families and staff. It will also describe actions that support and propel cultural transformation within long-term care in the VA system.

In her poster proposal Ann described how Green House homes are currently serving Veterans across the United States and future plans for the Danville campus:

“VA Illiana was the first VA in the nation to adopt the Green House model, although at least five additional VA sites have either opened Green House homes or are under design/construction, including VA’s in Chicago, Milwaukee, Tomah, Tuscaloosa, and Lexington. At VA Illiana, two more Green House homes are currently under construction, and an additional two homes are in the design phase, resulting in a total of 60 beds within the total of 100 long-term care beds at VA Illiana. One of these new Green House homes will include Veterans with short-stay skilled care needs.”

This presentation will be an excellent compliment to the recent THRIVE research results on the role of the nurse in Green House homes that The Green House Project has been sharing with our Peer Network of adopters.

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CLARK-LINDSEY VILLAGE REDEFINES WELLNESS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

By / Posted on May 5th, 2015

Committed to radically changing the delivery of nursing care for people living with dementia

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Arlington, Virginia (May 5, 2015) — Clark-Lindsey Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Urbana, Illinois, will be working with The Green House Project, a not-for-profit that is part of Capital Impact’s Community Solutions Group, to develop the first Green House homes in the state not located on federal land. Clark-Lindsey plans to open two certified Green House homes in 2016.

Committed to promoting wellness on their campus, the Clark-Lindsey board made a decision to ensure that their mission extended to all residents, including those living with dementia, “We want to be a place for residents, family members, employees, and the community to grow, socially, intellectually, physically and spiritually. Pursuing The Green House core values of meaningful life, real home and empowered staff will deepen our efforts,” says Kristy Stoker, Green House guide. The new Green House homes will house up to 12 elders and have been designed from the bottom up to look and feel like a real home.

Research shows that a Green House home’s intimate layout, combined with its innovative staffing, provides four times more personal and social contact than typical nursing homes. In an effort to create culture change across the campus, Clark-Lindsey will work with The Green House Project to bring Green House principles into their legacy nursing home as well.

“Clark-Lindsey Village is helping to change the face of long-term care. Our choice to partner with The Green House Project came from the knowledge that they would help support us in our small home journey and, when needed, to help challenge us to re-think our traditional practices within our existing campus. We have appreciated the support they have provided as we work towards aligning our existing culture of excellence with the Green House values,” said Deb Reardanz, CEO, “In addition to the impact that Green House is already having on our campus, it’s also a great privilege to be a leader in the state of Illinois. We are excited to be part of the team that will help clear the regulatory challenges that sometimes make it difficult to move beyond the traditional institutional approach for providing skilled nursing care.”

Clark-Lindsey Village is part of a larger effort nationwide to dramatically improve the way aging Americans receive long-term care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Capital Impact Partners, The Green House Project has developed 173 homes in 27 states to date.

“Regardless of ability, every aging American should have the opportunity to receive high-quality care with dignity,” said Scott Brown, Director of Outreach for The Green House Project. “By choosing The Green House model, Clark-Lindsey Village is affirming their mission to provide elders with the greatest needs new options to help them lead robust and meaningful lives,” continued Brown. “We look forward to partnering with their organization, and expanding access to new and meaningful care options for people living with dementia”

About The Green House Project
Based in Arlington, Virginia, The Green House Project promotes an alternative to the traditional, institutional skilled nursing, replacing it with an innovative new model 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 170 Green House homes in 27 states. The Green House Project is an initiative within Capital Impact Partners’ Community Solutions Group, and received initial funding through grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more, visit our website at www.thegreenhouseproject.org

About Clark Lindsey Village: Clark-Lindsey, East Central Illinois’ premier retirement community, is situated on 28 acres bordering Urbana’s Meadowbrook Park. Clark-Lindsey is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located on the edge of the beautiful University of Illinois campus. For more than 30 years, they have provided residents with exceptional service that has earned them an outstanding reputation throughout the state. As the only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Champaign County. On one campus you can find independent living in The Villas and The Village apartments, and you can find Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care and Renewal Therapy Center within Meadowbrook Health Center. There are 16 villas and 132 Village apartments, 17 assisted living rooms, 58 long term skilled care beds, and 25 short-term rehab beds.

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/
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Contacts:
Rachel Scher McLean, The Green House Project, 703-647-2345, rmclean@capitalimpact.org
Kristy Stoker, Clark Lindsey Village, 217-344-2144 , kstoker@clark-lindsey.com


Highlighting the VA Illiana Health Care System on Veteran's Day

By / Posted on November 9th, 2012

In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Green House Project wants to give a shout out to the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) in Danville, Illinois.  This team never lost sight of their dream: bringing a real home environment to their Community Living Centers (CLCs).  For six years staff at VAIHCS worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality.  Finally in December 2011, they opened their first Green House home, and then the second home one month later.  Over the next year, two more Green House homes will open. 

This week, the team was notified that they received the 2012 Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Innovation in VA Community Living Centers.  This award is given to a VA that has shown real leadership and innovation in veterans’ care.  The organization receiving this award has shown change in the following areas: work practices, care practices, environment of care, leadership, and government and community relationships.

This award is a testament to the determination and passion of all the individuals involved in this effort.  A comment from one veteran who said, “I never thought I would be living in a home again” or a staff member who stated that “I look forward to coming to work and I am in no hurry to leave at the end of my shift” is all the proof they need to know this initiative was worth it.


Ribbon cutting ceremony is a success for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago

By / Posted on October 2nd, 2012

October 1st was a spectacular day for the dedication of the latest Green House homes to open in North Chicago, IL.  With a crowd of around 150 Veterans, community members, family and employees from the FHCC, everyone was eager to see what was behind the red ribbon.  From the outside it looks like a residential home of around 8000 square feet with a beautiful green lawn and pristine landscaping.  From the inside though, you can tell it is something special….walking in the home the interior design is bright and inviting, you see the hearth with a fire place and a beautiful decoration of yellow, orange, green and red squares which is above the mantle.  The open kitchen is beautiful with stainless steel appliances and further left is the long table that is a core practice and value of The Green House model.  The table is flanked by six foot windows on two sides letting in wonderful light!

Everyone who walked past the threshold was greeted by Captain James A. Lovell, who passionately welcomed them to a new way to care for Elders.   He is proud to be associated with this new model of care, and his wife joked wondering if he could be eligible to live there!  There was a smile on every single person who entered into The Green House home.

Among the speakers for the event were Patrick Sullivan, National Director of the FHCC, Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Captain James A. Lovell, retired Astronaut, and Terry Simonette, CEO of NCB Capital Impact. 

Hojlo explained to attendees how important it is to change how we care for our Veterans and to offer choice.  This sentiment was echoed by Sullivan of the FHCC who not only thanked the staff responsible for the implementation of The Green House homes on this campus, but also to the family members and Veterans for their service and continued support.


New Veterans Affairs Director supports more Green House homes for vets

By / Posted on March 30th, 2012

 

 

 

 

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“My motto is: ‘Put the veteran at the center of everything you do, and you won’t go wrong.’”

While that statement was made by Emma Metcalf, the new director at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, it could easily be made by anyone involved with the Green House Project.  Put the elder at the center of everything you do—it’s the foundation of the Green House model.

In fact, Metcalf plans to continue the expansion of the Green House homes in Danville.  Two 10-bedroom homes have opened and three more have been approved.  Ground could be broken this fall.

“I’m in learning and listening mode,” says Metcalf.  “The staff knows their business.  My job is to provide leadership.”

Learn what else is being planned for the care of veterans and let us know what you think!


Residences at VA Danville, utilize The Green House Prototype Design Package

By / Posted on March 2nd, 2012

By Melissa Urbieta

Chicago, IL (March 1, 2012)

The Chicago office of top design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joins with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in celebrating the completion of the country’s first Community Living Center (CLC) to utilize THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package at the VA Illiana Health Care System campus in Danville, Illinois.

The CLC at Danville consists of two 7,500 sf buildings—aptly named Freedom House and Liberty House—containing ten private bedrooms with direct views to common areas, communal living areas and kitchens, and ample outdoor space, all with an aim to restore maximum function and independence while providing veteran-centered care. “Perkins Eastman has been truly honored to work with the Veterans’ Administration to design thoughtful living environments for our veterans,” says Principal Jerry Walleck AIA. “Our goal was to ensure that the CLC at Danville provides a state-of-the-art environment that supports the VA’s mission to improve the health of the men and women who have served our nation.”

The VA Illiana Health Care System CLC is the first of several VA communities either planned or under construction that utilizes THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package, a new approach for seniors needing skilled nursing care that emphasizes de-institutionalization. The prototype was designed in 2011 by Perkins Eastman in concert with THE GREEN HOUSE® Project and NCB Capital Impact to provide a turnkey design for senior living communities at a reduced schedule and with reduced costs.

The overall goal of design is to empower more providers across the country to create communities where seniors can experience quality care in a de-institutionalized environment. A transformation in the way veteran care is delivered, Freedom House and Liberty House address the spectrum of health—physical, emotional, psychological—in their design. In adopting this community-based model of care, Freedom House and Liberty House at VA Illiana provide greater assurances of privacy and personalized environments for veterans in ways more traditional models cannot.


A Veteran's Reflections on Veteran's Day

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.


A Veteran’s Reflections on Veteran’s Day

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.


Reflections on the dedication of the Veteran's Administration Green House homes

By / Posted on October 22nd, 2011

103 y.o. veteran Melvin Long attends the dedication of The Green House homes

After a week of rain it was a sunny,bright day to celebrate the opening of the Green House Homes. Freedom, and Liberty House, in the VA Illiana Health Care System. Terry Simonette, Robert Jenkens, Susan Frazier, Lisa Maxwell, and Bill Keane joined the veterans and the extraordinary VA team and much of Danville for this long awaited event. Also joining to celebrate were Christa Hojlo, National Director VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration and the catalyst of Culture Change throughout the VA system and Congressman John Shimkus. After many thoughtful and moving speeches, Congressman Shimkus ended by saying he would make his remarks quickly since 103 year old Melvin Long, along with the other nine veterans that were moving in, had waited long enough. (more…)


Reflections on the dedication of the Veteran’s Administration Green House homes

By / Posted on October 22nd, 2011

103 y.o. veteran Melvin Long attends the dedication of The Green House homes

After a week of rain it was a sunny,bright day to celebrate the opening of the Green House Homes. Freedom, and Liberty House, in the VA Illiana Health Care System. Terry Simonette, Robert Jenkens, Susan Frazier, Lisa Maxwell, and Bill Keane joined the veterans and the extraordinary VA team and much of Danville for this long awaited event. Also joining to celebrate were Christa Hojlo, National Director VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration and the catalyst of Culture Change throughout the VA system and Congressman John Shimkus. After many thoughtful and moving speeches, Congressman Shimkus ended by saying he would make his remarks quickly since 103 year old Melvin Long, along with the other nine veterans that were moving in, had waited long enough. (more…)