By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on December 10th, 2014
The journey to build Green House homes in Rhode Island officially got underway this week with The Green House Project team delivering the first educational session to create a coaching culture with Saint Elizabeth Home leadership.
While a moratorium on building or adding skilled nursing rooms has been in place for years in Rhode Island—Saint Elizabeth Home was one of three applications approved by the Department of Health to deliver a new model of care for skilled nursing.
Matt Trimble, Administrator of Saint Elizabeth Home says “We are thrilled with this approval and look forward to expand our ability to care for RI seniors in a new and creative way on our Saint Elizabeth Home campus.”
The plans call for the construction of four Green House homes. 12 Elders will live in each home which will include private bedrooms and bathrooms, a common hearth area, and meals cooked in an open kitchen area.
The leadership and trustees at Saint Elizabeth Community have been researching The Green House model for a number of years. Steven J. Horowitz, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community explained, “We have been very invested as an organization in bringing this new model of care to Rhode Island, and know that it will change the way long term care is delivered.”
Saint Elizabeth Home is a member of Saint Elizabeth Community, a not for profit, charitable organization that provides a variety of care and services to elders. Founded in Providence in 1882, the organization now has ten RI locations which includes affordable apartments, adult day centers, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab centers.