Green House homes are Coming to California

By / Posted on February 25th, 2013

Joanne Handy, CEO of LeadingAge California provided the introduction in her publlication, Agenda, to  the feature article on The Green House Project, “The Green House model was born from necessity – from a realization that there had to be an alternative to caring for older adults. But without the persistence of a relatively small group of people, this new and innovative model may never have seen the light of day. And just as Mt. San Antonio Gardens is helping to lead change with its Green House, [Leading Age California] is helping to lead change by stimulating and fostering innovation.” The Green House Project is grateful to the leadership and partnership of many groups in California, together we are creating real homes for elders in this state.

In California, “the state’s population continues to age rapidly. The number of Californians over 65 is expected to
double – if not triple, by 2030, and seven in 10 of those seniors will need long-term care at some point.”  There is a call for innovation in long term care, a need for a model that will care for people as individuals, putting their person-hood at the same level as their medical needs.

After many years of striving to partner with regulators in the state, “two new homes will open at the Mt. San Antonio Gardens senior community in Pomona, Calif. They’ll fit right in among the apartments and cottages – with their patios and gardens – that already populate the 30-acre campus, beside its putting green, arts center and more. But these homes will be different. In fact, they’ll usher in the beginning of a new era of a nursing-home care in California.”

The gains made by Mt. San Antonio Gardens will be further solidified through legislation, “Late last year, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1228, introduced by State Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara)… The bill will facilitate the development and delivery of “skilled nursing care in a homelike, noninstitutional setting” like never before, by creating The Small House Skilled Nursing Facilities Pilot Program.” Housed in the Department of Health, this bill calls for 10 organizations to participate in this pilot program which will demonstrate the positive outcomes that come from creating real home, meaningful life and good jobs in the long term care field.

The Green House Project urges every eligible provider to consider applying for this unprecedented opportunity to bring small home, person-centered care to market with the urgency that consumers are demanding and the efficiency for which providers are striving. To read the full article in the Leading Age California publication, click here.