By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on November 25th, 2015
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on August 6th, 2015
The Green House Project was highlighted as an innovator and thought leader during the 2015 Pioneer Network Conference. The Pioneer Network is a convener of organizations who are moving away from institutional models of long term care to more consumer-driven models that embrace flexibility, self-determination and a belief that elders are meant to thrive. During the stimulating days of educational sessions, representatives from the national Green House initiative, and Green House organizations from around the country spoke on various topics to help move the field forward.
Debbie Wiegand, Rhonda Wolpert and Rob Simonetti shared design lessons learned in their session, “Build This, Not That, Lessons Learned from a Decade of Green House Experience.” Since the first home opened in 2003, there have been variations in layout and design. Through a formal Design Survey, The Green House Project asked every Green House adopter what works and what doesn’t for building design and regulatory challenges, and what strategies worked to overcome perceived regulatory code barriers. Also, insights from newly completed THRIVE research help us understand how the design contributes to sustainability, from operating cost and quality of care perspectives. Listen to this webinar that Debbie and Rob did to help those interested in changing the paradigm of long term care, build environments that support a new way of life.
Susan Frazier, Marla DeVries and Cheryl Van Bemden took audience members “Into The Black Box of Green House homes”. Here they talked about the impact of decision making to reinforce or erode culture change. Utilizing new insights from The Research Initiative Valuing Eldercare (THRIVE), a collaborative of top researchers created to learn more about what contributes to higher quality in nursing homes, this session explored the factors impacting problem-solving in long-term care organizations that lead to reinforcement or erosion of an empowered workforce, and person-centered models. Participants explored the four factors that the research determined to most greatly impact sustainability, while discovering organizational strengths and growth opportunities to create a slip-resistant change.
Tammy Marshall, Lori Grossman and Miriam Levi shared their experience of implementing person-centered care principles across Jewish Home Lifecare, a large organization with multiple sites. Tammy Marshall facilitated a second session with Sonya Barsness. They spoke about the importance of research to support “culture change” and “person-centered care.” They shared research that is being done at Jewish Home Lifecare, and how others can access research, translate it to those who need it most, and identify opportunities for additional research.
Finally, the team from Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh shared a special session called, “Honoring the Spirit Within Through Namaste Care: An End-of-Life Program for Persons with Dementia”. Namaste Care takes its name from the Hindu word meaning “to honor the spirit within.” The program was developed for elders with advanced dementia and strives to maintain their highest quality of life. It includes simple and practical ways for care partners to create opportunities for connection, meaning, and joy.
This conference is always an energy boost, knowing that the movement to transform long term care, and what it means to age, is growing, evolving and gaining momentum. The Green House Project is honored to be a leader of culture change and will continue to pursue evidence based excellence, that is based in deep knowing relationships, meaningful life and empowerment for all.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on December 4th, 2013
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on July 23rd, 2013
The Pioneer Network is a group, formed in 1997, with the charge to convene person-centered advocates, providers and consumers to create change in long term care, “We believe that the quality of life and living for America’s elders is rooted in a supportive community and cemented by relationships that respect each of us as individuals regardless of age, medical condition or limitations. ”
On August 11-14, in Bellvue, Washington, the 13th Annual Pioneer Network Conference will be held, with the theme, “Hear the Voice, Honor the Choice”. The Green House Project has long been a leader in this movement, and very involved in this organization. Team members, David Farrell and Anna Ortigara serve on the board, and The Green House Project is a regular sponsor and speaker at the conference.
This year, our presentation, “Meaningful Lives, Empowered Staff, Strategies for Real Transformation: THE GREEN HOUSE® Project“, will delve into workforce transformation, and how the comprehensive changes of the model, create powerful outcomes for elders, staff and the organization. We will be joined by Jaime’s Place, a Green House project located in Winthrop, Washington. There is nothing like hearing stories and experiences directly from the people who are living and working in the model everyday.
The Pioneer Network conference brings people together to deepen this social movement of culture change in long term care. Together we will change the way that the world views aging by “working towards a culture of aging that supports the care of elders in settings where individual voices are heard and individual choices are respected”.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on October 29th, 2012
The 2012 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Denver, CO was an incredible opportunity to connect with thousands of aging services professionals and explore the current and future needs of our field. Through engaging education sessions and a robust exhibit hall, innovative ideas sparked and crackled throughout the convention center. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, a staff writer for The New Yorker and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, delivered a keynote about the power of communication and person-centered care. He says that, “medicine works best when it works for people’s goals, not the other way around.” It is not surprising then that he has visited Green House projects, Leonard Florence Center for Living, and White Oak Cottages and has returned several times to learn lessons from the elders and the model. This year’s Leading Age Conference highlighted Green House values and adopters throughout the event.
Green House adopters are thought leaders and pioneers in the field of long term care. Audrey Weiner, Leading Age Board Chair, and CEO of Green House adopter Jewish Home Lifecare, addressed the conference and boldly challenged the group to meet and exceed the goals of Health Care Reform through accountability and engagement. Green House adopters are leading the charge of innovation, with a commitment to person centered care, workplace excellence, and clinical outcomes. Steve McAlilly, CEO of Methodist Senior Services of Mississippi, and the first Green House project in the nation, was awarded the highest award that Leading Age gives its members, The Award of Honor. Steve embodies the LeadingAge promise, to “Inspire. Serve. Advocate.” Tabitha Health Care Service, was honored for Excellence in the Workplace, and their commitment to service and leadership in building a better world for the aged.
The Green House Project is proud to be associated with these diverse leaders for their creativity and dedication to quality of person-centered care and join Ms. Weiner’s charge to create homes that meet the triple aim of health care reform: better health, better healthcare and better value. The educational session, The Green House Project: Transforming Skilled Nursing Care, created a space to partner with St. Martin’s in the Pines CEO, Terry Rogers, and share how this model creates real home and meaningful lives. The newest development, The Green House Business Case, presents how this model impacts lives as well as the bottom line of the organization.
The Leading Age meeting was a time to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the non-profit sector of long term care. The national Green House Project was gratified by the recognition of Green House organizations for their excellence and thought leadership. The success of the national initiative is bolstered by the success of individual organizations, whose pioneering spirit enables everyone to grow.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on October 5th, 2012
The Green House Project offers a model for long-term care
designed to look and feel like a real home. Green House
homes are seen as a national leader and proven business
model for long-term care. Today there are hundreds of
Green House homes open or in development in the majority
Our evidence-based model has been proven — through
independent research — to be effective, feasible and
sustainable. Our technical assistance is a big reason why
The Green House Project has become a preferred partner
in helping organizations meet demands of the changing long-term care market.
Connect with Us at the Leading Age Conference:
- Pick up a free copy of our Business Case at our booth (2118)
- Join our Session, “The Green House ® Model” Transforming Skilled Care, on Wednesday, October 24 @ 2:30-4:00p
- Talk to us about how you can bring The Green House model to your community
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on September 12th, 2012
“Meaningful Life, Meaningful Engagement” was a most appropriate theme this year for the 5th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration! Over 160 people representing Green House home adopters from Alaska to Florida spent three days learning, laughing, building relationships, sharing stories and most importantly challenging conventional ways of thinking about elders!
The meeting kicked off to a great start with pre-conference sessions in the critical areas of coaching leadership, reframing activities and leisure, and equipping the Director of Nursing for success in the model. These intensives took important roles and concepts to the next level.
An impassioned keynote by Green House model founder, Dr. Bill Thomas, urged attendees on the opening day of the conference to fill their Green House homes with stories, “a story is not a story until you tell it”. A house is not a home without a story he explained, and this includes the stories of all of the elders who live there and the people who work in the home.
Storytelling became a constant throughout the conference with many venues for elders, Shahbazim, Guides, CEOs, Nurses, Social Workers and Activity Professionals to share their experiences, challenges, and successes with each other.
A highlight of the conference was the involvement of Porter Hills, The Green House project in Grand Rapids, MI. Ingrid Weaver, CEO and family member, Carl Eschels welcomed attendees to the conference, and invited attendees to visit their homes over the course of the meeting. Elders from Porter Hills served on an elder panel to share their experience of living in a Green House home, and wisdom about life. Also, Elders of the Porter Hills singers graced us with beautiful music and entertainment. We are lucky to have four Green House projects in Michigan, and through beautiful photos, and great attendance, they added insights to every aspect of the meeting.
New tools such as The Green House Business Case, were introduced at the meeting. Concurrent sessions addressing the diverse interests and needs of the attendees spanned the two day meeting. There were Green House specific sessions about team building, marketing, utilizing data, palliative care, continence care, and other important topics. Information to create successful development as well as sustainability of the model was shared and discussed. An exciting feature is that many sessions were livestreamed and recorded, expanding the reach of these valuable tools and education.
Teepa Snow, a renowned expert in dementia care, shared her energy and expertise with the meeting through interactive sessions and a keynote. These sessions equipped attendees with new ways of being with and learning from people living with dementia. Many people had experiences that they will never forget, as Teepa explained the physical and cognitive changes that a person living with dementia goes through, and how that impacts the ways we can engage effectively.
After a whirlwind of fun, learning, stories and relationship building, The Green House attendees returned to their organizations around the country to share their knowledge and new connections. Building a community of passionate people who are committed to making life better for elders, and those who work closest with them—that is what The Green House Project is all about- the Annual Meeting and Celebration was a joyful time to come together and celebrate how far we have come, and to combine our forces to achieve what is yet to be accomplished.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on September 9th, 2012
On September 7, 2012, WGVU a local NPR affiliate in Michigan interviewed Dr. Bill Thomas, and Porter Hills CEO, Ingrid Weaver, about The Green House Project. They discuss how the model transforms the philosophy, organizational design and environment of traditional long term care, radically shifting the paradigm of aging! Additionally, this interview highlights the power of bringing together providers from around the country to celebrate and learn from each other. Porter Hills is a wonderful host, and a great example of what it means to LIVE The Green House brand and mission. It can be different!!
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on September 1st, 2012
Thank you for joining us in Grand Rapids!
All Livestreamed video sessions are available to watch on demand at ChangingMedia’s Ustream channel.
Green House Meeting Keynote: Dr. Bill Thomas
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Elders Rule! Panel Discussion
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Supporting Continence and Partnering for Success
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Accepting the Challenge! Being with and Learning from Persons living with Dementia
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Porter Hills Singers
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Meaningful Life and Engagement
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The 5th Annual Green House Meeting is a time of relationship-building and learning. This meeting is exclusively for organizations who are building certified Green House homes, however, there are ways that everyone can benefit from the information that is being shared. We are looking forward to the opportunities to expand the conversation beyond Green House adopters, as we continue to strive toward Meaningful Life, Meaningful Engagement.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on August 1st, 2012
The Pioneer Network is a group that calls for a radical change in the culture of aging so that when our grandparents, parents — and ultimately ourselves — go to a nursing home or other community-based setting it is to thrive, not to decline. They serve as a convener for those people in the field of aging, who embrace flexibility and self-determination. Together we create a strong voice for Culture Change in the field of aging.
Next week The Green House Project will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to participate in their 12th annual national conference! The majority of the team will be in attendence, as the purpose of the Pioneer Network at the very core of The Green House Project. It will be a stimulating exhange of ideas, and a time to build strong relationships.
There will be many opportunities to connect with The Green House Project throughout the conference. The team will lead conference intensives on Workforce, Meaningful Engagement, and Aging in the LGBT community. There will be also be a session focused on The Green House model where a panel of Green House adopters from Porter Hills in Grand Rapids, MI will share their experience of life in this model.
In addition to the sessions, as a conference sponsor, the exhibit booth will feature exciting new tools and research from The Green House Project including, consumer research showing that, 95 percent of caregivers who learn about the Green House favor it significantly over any other option, including in-home care. Our latest development is The Business Case for THE GREEN HOUSE® Project which is built to articulate how this model improves lives and bottom lines
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on July 26th, 2012
Dr. Bill Thomas, creator of The Green House model, is a fountain of inspiration and vision for innovations in aging. At last year’s Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration, Dr. Thomas challenged the group to examine their circle of compassion. He pontificated that all people are surrounded by a circle of compassion that defines their relationships with those around them, “And the key ingredient to building a happy and vibrant Green House home is the ability of those in it to significantly grow their personal circle of compassion.”
Dr. Bill Thomas will provide the opening keynote speech of The 5th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration (#GHP12) on the topic of Meaningful Life and Engagement. Certified Green House organizations, click here to register to attend! This session will also be livestreamed (September 6 @ 8:30-10:30a ET) on The Green House Blog. Looking forward to a stimulating session!
Teepa Snow, Dementia Expert, Featured as a Keynote of The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on July 18th, 2012
THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project is excited to welcome Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA as a keynote speaker at the 5th Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration. Teepa Snow is a dementia expert and a certified Occupational Therapist, who brings a unique, person-centered perspective to engaging with people living with dementia. Teepa’s techniques, highlighting in the video, Accepting The Challenge, are utilized during Core Team Education, an important part of The Green House Project’s comprehensive education plan. This six-day training prepares staff to work in The Green House homes and includes an exploration of Green House philosophy, coaching communication, and developing skills to interact effectively with people who have dementia. The Green House Annual Meeting is an exclusive event for organizations who are trademarked Green House homes. This will be a great opportunity for the attendees to refresh their knowledge of Teepa’s philosophy, and to express their gratitude for how these techniques have impacted the elders living with dementia in their Green House homes.
Accepting the Challenge! Being with and Learning from Persons Living with Dementia, Teepa Snow’s keynote speech, will be livestreamed for free on The Green House Blog from 8:30-10:00a ET on September 7, for all of those people who are unable to attend The Green House annual meeting and celebration. Teepa will also facilitate a smaller breakout session that will be interactive and utilize many techniques for communicating and interacting effectively with people who are living with dementia.
The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration, in Grand Rapids, MI from September 5-7, will be an event of learning, information-sharing and many networking opportunities, so if you are a trademarked Green House organizations come join the celebration! Register today for The Green House Annual Meeting and if you have questions, please call (703) 647-2311