By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 9th, 2015
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota celebrated the official grand opening of their six new Green House homes on May 20th. The special event was well attended by Elders, families, staff members and community leaders in the St. Paul area. Episcopal Homes’ President and
CEO, Marvin Plakut, welcomed attendees and
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to congratulate all who helped in the development of the project.
The six skilled nursing Green House homes are called “The Gardens” and will be home for 60 Elders. Each Elder will have their own private bedroom and bath, meals will be cooked in the home and the hearth area will provide a sanctuary for rich conversation in the house.
The Green House homes were part of a $45 million dollar expansion called Midway Village. The campus now offers a range of Elder living options and affordability and is conveniently located near the city of St. Paul’s new Green Line light rail station. “The outpouring of support for our project is both gratifying and humbling,” said Plakut. “It is inspiring us to keep reaching higher on behalf of the individuals and families we serve. It is also inspiring to see so many wonderful people interested in living at Midway Village.”
The 225,000-square-foot expansion on their campus is also receiving some special recognition…it has been selected as one of the state’s top projects in 2014 by Finance & Commerce.
We welcome the Elders, families and staff from The Gardens to the Green House family. Congratulations and our very best wishes as you move forward in your Green House journey!
By Laura Vonch / Posted on March 10th, 2015
The Gardens – The First Green House skilled nursing homes in Minnesota
Sophie Canelake resides at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota on the third floor of The Gardens, which is a Green House home. A Green House home is an intentional community for 10 elders, that provides skilled nursing care. She adores her room, because the quaint corner location provides a wonderful view of the outdoors, and easy access to the rest of her home. At 91 years old, Sophie truly appreciates her new home, and the life she lives here!
Sophie is originally from Wisconsin, and spent most of her life in northern Minnesota. Sophie’s daughter resides in Minneapolis and this move enables her to visit frequently during each week. “The convenience of living in close proximity to my family is extremely important,” explained Sophie. Sophie and her family felt it was in her best interest to be in a community with the greatest level of care. A family friend of Sophie, who is an expert in senior care housing, highly recommended The Gardens – Nursing Home for the undeniably welcoming staff and respectable reputation Episcopal Homes has been providing for over 100 years.
She has her own independent bathroom and bedroom to decorate. “I love rearranging furniture and adding decorative touches as I see fit,” said Sophie. She has two large windows in her suite that bring in a plethora of sunshine every day. Her room is cozy, but there is also enough space to host family and friends. The important thing is that at The Garden’s, Sophie has a sense of belonging, and ownership of the space. This is her home.
“The transition into The Gardens was very smooth and staff has been supportive” said Sophie. Sophie expressed her transition was stress free because of the welcoming staff. She didn’t know what to expect when moving into her new home, but her favorite part of moving in was the comfort and homey feel The Gardens provides.
At Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, The Gardens community is a part of the national Green House Project. The Green House model is created to foster a feeling of home and comfort for elders. The trailblazing model supports meaningful lives for elders, empowered staff and a real home. With a goal to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom from the lives of elders, The Gardens will create lives worth living through relationship based care.