9 Green House Homes Receive Best Nursing Home Honor

By / Posted on March 7th, 2014

US News & World Report released a list of the Best Nursing Homes. Of 16,000 facilities evaluated, less than 25% earned a rating of five stars. Among those, 9 Green House Homes made the list!

Photo credit http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes

 Asbury Park Retirement CommunityBEST NURSING HOME

Ave Maria Home – BEST NURSING HOME

Buckner Westminster Place – BEST NURSING HOME

Eddy Village Green – BEST NURSING HOME

Eden Rehabilitation Suites and Green House Homes – BEST NURSING HOME

Lebanon Valley Brethren HomeBEST NURSING HOME

Resthaven Care Center – BEST NURSING HOME

The Leonard Florence Center for Living – BEST NURSING HOME

Valley Health Center – BEST NURSING HOME

US News based their results on 3 factors; “Each nursing home receives an overall rating of one to five stars, based on its number of stars in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents and the quality of medical care.”

To read the full listing, click here.

 


Highlighting THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project Team: Tara Cugelman-McMahon, Sr. Operations Coordinator

By / Posted on January 13th, 2014

“I deeply care about people and I like to work for causes that I believe in.”  That’s how Tara describes herself and working at The Green House Project allows her to do both.

She pursued a degree in International Affairs because she has a strong interest in international human rights work.  However, Tara recognizes that we have our own set of challenges within this country and is quick to identify the importance of deep, transformational change in the skilled nursing industry.  The Green House model provides the right environment for Elders, and she understands that the voice of Elder is central to a meaningful life.

Tara worked with Elders, as part of her legal education, providing free legal services to those in need.  She attended The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law—it was a good match for her because it is a public interest law school, thus allowing her to help others.

Policy and politics are two other strong interests of Tara’s.  She recently worked with a company that utilized the latest techniques to analyze political data and strategically target the prospective voter.

As the Senior Operations Coordinator, Tara brings her many talents to support the team with an emphasis on Green House education programs and marketing activities:

  • B. A. International Affairs, The University of Colorado
  • J.D., University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Catalist, LLC, Associate General Counsel
  • Legal Fellow, Office of Congressman Steve Kagen

In her spare time, Tara enjoys participating in all kinds of sports, she likes to write and has her own blog.  She is also extremely active in the DC chapter of her alumni club.  One other interesting note about Tara—she has citizenship in three countries: United State, Canada and Ireland!


California Health Report: “This Green House Grows Humans”

By / Posted on January 13th, 2014

Via: California Health Report

When the Green House homes opened in California last fall, there were a number of people who were very happy to see that day come to fruition.  One person who was very pleased to see those doors open was Yolie Zepeda.

Yolie vividly recalls the words of her uncle after he was placed in a state funded nursing home after suffering from a number of health issues.  Her uncle told her that he felt so worthless at the facility, explaining that he could be sitting alone for endless hours in a soiled diaper.  He told her “they actually treat you worse than I’d ever treat a dog.”

Today Yolie is a Shahbaz in the Green House homes, and is happy she can tell a different story.    

Click here to read more about Yolie and her dedication to the Elders in her home…a home that the California Health Report says is “a welcoming vibe that gushes home.”

 

 

Read the story behind the man who led the effort to bring those Green House homes to California, President and CEO of Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Randy Stoll.  Some people come up through academic programs, which Randy would eventually do, but first he ventured in another direction.  Click here to read about his journey in aging services.


Holiday Favorite – Pecan Tassies…A special recipe shared by Ms. Troxel from St. Martin’s in the Pines Green House homes

By / Posted on December 6th, 2013

Wondering what you might want to bake this weekend for your holiday party?  Why not try this Pecan Tassies recipe from Ms. Troxel!  They are cute little tarts…miniature pecan pies that everyone will enjoy. The holidays are a special time for all of us…including Ms. Troxel.  Her Green House home at St. Martin’s in the Pines just had a holiday celebration and she was most pleased to participate in the planning and the festivities!

Click here to see the typed version of the recipe OR click here and see the hand written Pecan Tassies recipe from Ms.  Troxel. Either way you’re sure to enjoy the results of your efforts!


Christian Care Communities Breaks Ground on the First Green House Homes In the State of Kentucky

By / Posted on April 9th, 2013

Congratulations to Christian Care Communities for breaking ground on The Homeplace at Midway, the first Green House homes in the State of Kentucky!  Today, supporters of The Homeplace at Midway gathered to celebrate this very special moment for Elders in Kentucky.

In the words of Christian Care Communities, “With shovels in hand and wearing hard hats, public officials, community and business leaders joined with Christian Care for the groundbreaking, signaling the start of the new $13.5 million Green House® community at 671 East Stephens Street, across from Midway College.”

 To learn more about Christian Care Communities’ and these new Green House homes please click here.

 


Is There a Recipe for Culture Change?

By / Posted on January 7th, 2013

Is there a recipe for culture change? The Green House ‘recipe’ for culture change uses many ingredients. These include specific environmental features, like an open kitchen and private bathrooms, and also re-conceptualized staff (or Shahbazim) roles. Other nursing homes that have embraced culture change have a different recipe. Some, for example, have retrofitted, remodeled households, while others have more traditional environments; some utilize universal workers, but others do not. If culture change can appear unique on so many levels, what is it about the philosophy that really makes a difference? Are there any key ingredients for culture change? To better understand these questions, the THRIVE research team surveyed culture change adopters to learn more about their practices and environments.
What do most adopters report? These adopters most often reported certain relationship-based practices such as the use of staff consistent assignment or family member participation in care conferences. They also reported similar components of work organization and decentralized decision-making such as non-activity staff helping to choose activities and the ability of staff to fulfill requests without prior approval from an administrator. Adopters also reported similar mixtures of ingredients to enhance resident choice including dining in the small house or household to support choice in mealtime.
Are there differences in the culture change components that adopters report? Yes. There were distinct differences in the recipes of small houses, households and more traditional environments.  For example, small house models were more likely to report that direct care staff schedule themselves and choose care assignments, but these were some of the least adopted practices for other adopters. Small houses are also more likely to have CNAs attend care conferences and less likely to use overhead pagers or med carts than other adopters. Meal preparation varied for all three models. For example, small houses were more likely to prepare food in a kitchen in the home while households were more likely to use steam tables with food prepared in a centralized kitchen.
The THRIVE research team is in the process of studying the survey results to better describe the recipes of culture change adopters. As pay-for-performance and policy programs are developed to incentivize culture change, understanding the core ingredients in implementation can promote a recipe for change that is attainable for a broad range of providers.
The Green House Project has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
THRIVE (The Research Initiative Valuing Eldercare) collaborative to learn more about the Green House model as well as other models of care. Supported by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, the THRIVE team is conducting a series of interrelated research projects that together will comprise the largest research effort undertaken to date in Green House homes.  Each month, a member of the THRIVE team will contribute a blog post to the Green House Project website.

Questions about THRIVE can be directed to Lauren Cohen (lauren_cohen@unc.edu or 919-843-8874).


The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference

By / Posted on June 5th, 2012

One of many celebrations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conference lobby was buzzing with excitement as individuals gathered for the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference.  Even as a newcomer to this event, it was evident that everyone was deeply connected both personally and professionally.  It felt like a large family reunion, and in no time, I was swept up in all the enthusiasm and camaraderie.

I have been pondering how to capture my experience but have found it very difficult to neatly package three powerful and enlightening days into one blog.  I anticipated I would meet extraordinary people, but I never imagined every person I met to leave such a lasting impression.  For instance, I met Connie Goldman, a former staff member of National Public Radio and life-long advocate of changing society’s perception on aging.  “We all want to live a long life,” she stated during the conference. “However, no one wants to age.  What people don’t understand is that being older is the best time of your life or at least it can be.”  I realized I was surrounded by people tirelessly working to make this a reality.

The conference was packed with educational sessions, panels, an exhibitor booth, and plenty of convivium and celebration.  Information ranged from international growth to intergenerational opportunities.  The conference also illuminated how the Eden philosophy and principles thrive in The Green House model.  It was a reminder that relationships are the basis of the work we do and will continue to guide our work in the future.


"The Heart of the Home"—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

By / Posted on May 29th, 2012

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!

 


“The Heart of the Home”—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

By / Posted on May 29th, 2012

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!

 


Building an Evidence Base for Enjoyable Dining

By / Posted on November 22nd, 2011

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” -Ronald Reagan

Eating at a dinner table with friends and family is not only the quintessential portrait of Thanksgiving, but also an activity that can promote significant positive change.

In this month’s LeadingAge Magazine, the article, Enjoyable Dining: Can We Build an Evidence Base? , speaks volumes about how creating a dining environment that looks and feels more like home can have a tremendously positive impact on elders- boosting overall morale, without significant cost increases.

“We have had better intake. We’ve reduced the use of supplements. They are eating real food. Our meals are part of a concerted period when the residents are up and active, which then has a positive effect…We have less weight loss, and residents have fewer complaints about food service. They are better nourished, and there’s an increase in family involvement. And it doesn’t add to the cost, because residents are getting what they like. There is less waste.”

The article also highlighted recent research conducted by The Pioneer Network to develop great evidence-based food and dining standards for long-term care facilities. These best-practices contain sections that concentrate on the liberalization and honoring of choice when it comes to diet as related to diabetic and calorie controlled, low sodium, cardiac and altered-consistency diets. The new dining standards of practice can be found here.

Click here to read the full article.


A Veteran's Reflections on Veteran's Day

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.


A Veteran’s Reflections on Veteran’s Day

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.