Shahbazim Provide Companionship and Comfort

By / Posted on December 29th, 2014

Earlier this month, freelance writer, editor and journalist Beth Baker posted a blog on the Next Avenue website which explored the role of the Shahbaz in Green House homes. In her post, “Reimagining What a Nursing Home Can Be,” Baker explores how the culture change movement, and specifically the Green House model, has empowered staff that care for Elders needing skilled nursing care.

For Beth, the Green House model is especially unique because of its emphasis on elevating the role of care partners.

“The Green House is perhaps best known for its homey environment… But even more important than the setting may be the reimagined role of the caregivers who work there.” She goes on to say that beyond just the new title of Shahbaz, front line care aides in Green House homes are given far more responsibility and respect than what is typically seen in traditional skilled nursing care.

Steve McAlilly, CEO of Methodist Senior Services, Inc., shared his thoughts on the Green House model for Beth’s book Old Age in a New Age saying, “One thing I love is the Shahbazim. They have become these amazing professional people. I think they were stuck in jobs that were too small for them.”

You can hear Beth Baker share more of her insight on aging in America and the Green House model by listening to her closing plenary speech from our Annual Meeting in Memphis this year.