By Breanna Howell / Posted on April 5th, 2017
The Green House model has added passion and purpose to my family in many ways. My grandparents, David and Twylah Haun, are Independent Living residents at John Knox Village (JKV) and they were instrumental in bringing The Green House model to their community. We have had many great conversations about the model’s potential over the years, and it has become close to my heart as well. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). When a professor challenged us to seek out opportunities and learn what it means to be a leader in healthcare, I immediately thought of my grandparents. This led to an exciting externship at The Woodlands at JKV. Before I stepped foot on the grounds at JKV, I was already destined to have valuable experiences simply based on the leadership skills I could learn from my grandparents.
I can still remember back in 2011 when bringing The Green House model to JKV became the main topic of our Thanksgiving meal ; My grandmother was interested and my grandfather was doubtful. Never ones to be easily convinced or to skimp on their research, they decided to take a road trip to eight different Green House homes to see this model in action. After visiting four homes, Grandfather was sold on the idea and came home to put their research into action. In the years since this initial exploratory trip, my grandparents have stayed very involved in The Green House initiative at JKV and also at a national level. They have spoken at the national Green House Meeting, contributed to The Green House blog, and helped with every aspect of creating and opening The Woodlands at JKV (including selecting paintings for the walls and dishes for the dining rooms, pictured right). Grandma has continued her active role in The Green House homes by becoming a Sage, a volunteer role that allows her to mentor and support the self managed work team to become a cohesive team and help create a real home for and with the elders.
In my program, we were discussing different models of care, and my professor brought up The Green House Project. It was something USC knew little about, but were excited to see how it could change the future. I was thrilled to be able to share my grandparents’ experiences with my 150 classmates and professors. I couldn’t wait to see the model in action! The Woodlands at JKV represents the first Green House homes in Florida, and they also offer homes dedicated to short term rehabilitation. Providing meaningful therapy in a natural environment is the ideal for an occupational therapist, and an exciting reality in the Green House homes.
I spent my externship running from meeting to meeting, soaking up as many experiences as possible, and asking questions about everything. From the staff in the homes to the people working across the whole community, I was continually impressed by the way they put the needs of the elder first, and balanced that with the success of the organization.
Some of my most meaningful interactions occurred with the elders, sharing stories of joy, belonging, and feeling safe in The Green House homes. In the end, this is why we do what we do, and it filled my heart with pride to be able to see this vision that my grandparents helped to carry forward, being lived out in such a beautiful way.
My time at JKV was a wonderful learning experience, and one that I will never forget. The Green House model is truly making a difference in the lives of the elders and those who are passionate about working with them. As a leader and therapist, I know that one of the greatest gifts I can give a client is to remind them that they are a unique individual who matters. From talking to the elders and listening to their stories, watching the direct care staff prepare meals in their home, participating in leadership meetings, and delivering mail to the homes with my grandmother, every experience taught me something valuable, and I am incredibly grateful.
By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on August 9th, 2016
Over 200 Green House Homes Now Open in 30 States
BALTIMORE, MD (August 9, 2016)– THE GREEN HOUSE® PROJECT has spent over a decade creating a new vision for the future of elder care. In June, the organization reported an important milestone: more than 200 Green House homes are being operated by leading organizations in 30 states.
Upon reaching this new milestone, Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan says, “It is beyond exciting to see this initiative gaining momentum. It took us 10 years to reach the first 100 homes, and only five years to add the next 100. As our numbers continue to grow, it means that more people are able to live full and meaningful lives. Both the elders who live in Green House homes and those who work there, benefit from the elements of the model that returns value and autonomy to those who it matters to most.“
John Knox Village, a lifecare community in Pompano Beach, Fl represents the 200th Green House home to open. In May 2016, they opened 12 Green House homes. Says CEO, Gerry Stryker, of the momentous occasion, “Being the 200th Green House home is incredibly emotional and fulfilling for John Knox Village. We recognize that we are a part of a rapidly growing national movement to change the face of care and rehabilitation. Our elders deserve this.”
Cedar Sinai Park, in Portland, OR, opened the first of four Green House homes in July, representing the thirtieth state to include this lifestyle model. Sandra Simon, CEO said, “This is the future of aging services, and we are proud to create the first Green House home in Oregon.”
Research finds that comprehensive adoption of the model has the potential to impact re-hospitalization rates, end of life care, and the quality of decisions made in the homes. A strong evidence base makes this model an appealing option to consumers, policymakers and long-term care providers and increases potential for scaling.
The Green House concept has already spread nationwide, with Green House projects operating or in development in 34 states. The organization’s goal is to increase the pace of growth, and have at least 300 homes open by 2020.
About The Green House Project
Based in Baltimore, MD, The Green House Project promotes an alternative to the traditional institutional skilled nursing, replacing it with an innovative new model of care that balances quality of life with quality of care. In the Green House model, large nursing facilities are replaced with small, self-contained homes that include private bedrooms and baths, home-cooked meals and access to the outdoors, while meeting all skilled nursing regulatory and reimbursement criteria. Incorporating the core values of meaningful life, real home and empowered staff, the Green House model creates a higher quality of life, improved medical outcomes, and greater caregiver satisfaction. There are currently more than 200 Green House homes in 30 states. The Green House Project is an initiative within the newly formed Center for Innovation. Visit our website at www.thegreenhouseproject.org.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for 12 Green House Homes at John Knox Village in Florida – A Special Celebration!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 17th, 2016
Grand opening festivities took place in late May and included Elders, staff, aging services professionals along with a host of local and state officials. This $34 million project was truly the result of elders voicing their desire to see Green House homes on their campus that serves 900 John Knox residents in Pompano Beach, Florida. “The Woodlands is the first Green House to be initiated by resident involvement,” said Nancy Lee Matthews, one of several John Knox Village residents sharing input when the project was being planned. “It was us, the residents, who initially researched The Green House and presented the information to administration and the board of directors.”
President and CEO of John Knox Village, Gerry Stryker, welcomed those attending the event and definitely agrees that residents were a critical link in the project. “This is an incredibly emotional and fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we celebrate the culmination of our vision – to change the face of care and rehabilitation services in South Florida. Our residents’ dedication and determination has fostered an incredible sense of community – a home where families and elders will come together and set a new progressive standard for healing as set forth in The Green House Project model.”
The Woodlands is a total of 7 floors…the main floor has a common area and the remaining six floors each have two Green House homes with 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms surrounding a hearth area, open kitchen and dining area. Four of the homes will be dedicated to short term rehabilitation.
Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was asked to spend additional time on campus to meet with medical professionals and Elders to share her insight into the Green House model. She met with physicians involved with care at John Knox Village, specifically those with Elders who will be receiving rehabilitation services in the homes. She also met with Sages that will be working in the homes. Sages act as an advisor and facilitator for the Shahbazim, the self-managed work team. In addition to Susan, Green House Project Guide, Debbie Wiegand met with the group to answer questions and share their appreciation for the work they will do in the homes.
A Sage is a volunteer and someone that has demonstrated wisdom and good communication skills. We are grateful for the work they will perform and wish them much success in the days and months ahead!
The Woodlands at John Knox Village was designed by RDG Planning & Design (Architects John Birge, Scott Pfeifer and Kevin Ruff). The Weitz Company served as the construction manager, and William Gallo, of Gallo Herbert Architects, worked with John Knox Village as the Owner’s Authorization Representative.
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on March 26th, 2016
Michigan can be a cold location in January for a Grand Opening of Green House homes, but it was certainly warm and welcoming on the inside! These two homes were developed by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. The festivities included a number of leaders from the area, along with Elders, families, staff and members of the press. Lela, an elder moving into one of the homes attended the special Grand Opening event with special anticipation. She had started the countdown to her move 191 days earlier and was most excited about her new home.
This organization is not new to culture change having been an Eden certified home for 15 years, however the opening of the skilled nursing Green House homes takes their journey to a whole new level! They opened the first home to 10 elders on January 14th and the second will open soon once the licensing process is completed.
Renee Cunningham, Service Line Director of Nursing, explained that the opening and move went smoothly and that the past two months have been great. “It went really well, better than I had expected by our both the community and residents! Staff feel very committed to the homes, and family members often stay and have meals with their loved ones. It’s such a warm environment”. Renee went on to say that Lela has expressed many times that moving to the Green House home “was the best decision she’s ever made”. Renee explained that Lela has “blossomed” in the home.
Those thoughts are echoed by team member, Dana DeRousse, “The opening of the Green House homes have been a phenomenal and humbling experience for me. It doesn’t feel like I’m coming to work, more so coming into a home of myfamilymembers. Being a Concierge CNA [their Shahbaz] is the kind of health care experience I was looking for when I first became a CNA. It also challenges me as a person to try new things, like cooking that I really had no prior experience with. I would highly recommend a position in a Green House home to anyone who is working as a CNA and I feel like The Green House Project is the absolute future of long term care”.
We congratulate the team at Kalkaska on their opening and look forward to many more Green House Homes opening in 2016:
Green House Cottages of Carmel, Carmel, IN
6 Green House homes
The Woodlands, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, FL
12 Green House Homes
May 26th Grand Opening
Washington County Nursing Home, Akron, CO
4 Green House homes
Summer 2016 opening
Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR
4 Green House homes
Summer 2016 opening
Clark Lindsey, Urbana, IL
2 Green House homes
JGS Lifecare, Longmeadow, MA
2 Green House homes
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Detroit, MI
2 Green House homes – 1st PACE program
Winter of 2016
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 12th, 2015
As many of you know celebrations and rituals hold a special place in the philosophy of the Green House model. It’s important to take time to honor special goals that have been achieved. John Knox Village did just that in late April when the community celebrated the tree topping ceremony. It’s a tradition in the construction industry when a building’s structure has reached its maximum height.
Elders and Community leaders were all on hand when the Christmas Palm was placed atop their seven story building, called The Woodlands, which will include 12 Green House homes.
Guest speakers included City of Pompano Beach Mayor, Lamar Fisher who said “John Knox Village has become the leader in healthcare in Pompano Beach. It is the largest healthcare provider and employer in the city. The Woodlands will continue this leadership. It will be the pinnacle of our cultural change.” Mr. Fisher made those comments during an earlier groundbreaking event for the project.
The construction of the building is being led by The Weitz Company which has offices in South Florida.
The Woodlands is a $34-plus million project and is expected to open the middle of next year. Each of the top six floors will have two Green House homes with a total of 144 private bedrooms and bathrooms for the Elders.
We congratulate all of those involved with the project and look forward to the grand opening of this very special development!
By Admin / Posted on November 26th, 2014
Twylah and David Haun are residents of John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fl, and were a part of a group from Independent Living who researched The Green House model and presented it to Administration.
— TheGreenHouseProject (@GreenHouse_Proj) November 18, 2014
The administration at John Knox Village, decided that their excellent nursing home was getting old, and needed to be updated. The residents of John Knox insisted that whatever was built had to have a private room with private bath for each person. When David first heard about The Green House model, he was skeptical. He thought it just seemed too good to be true. He feared our local staff wouldn’t accept the concept, and he questioned the quality and efficiency of preparing meals in each home. Finally he wondered how wise it was to pay outside Green House “experts” who might dictate plans and organization for John Knox.
In 2011, David suggested a visit some existing Green House homes to learn more. He felt it wasn’t fair to condemn the concept in ignorance. The possibility of what could be discovered was exciting.
On the first visit to Buckner Westminster Place, in Longview, TX, Twylah remembers thinking, “Wow, this doesn’t look like a nursing home at all!” As their exploration continued, they entered the GH Cottages of Wentworth Place, in Magnolia, Arkansas, and became more and more excited, Tywlah proclaimed “why would we want to recreate the wheel, this is a proven model”.
Both David and Twylah were impressed with the number of Shahbazim (versatile worker that serves as direct care staff) and Guides saying how thrilled they were with the quality of care The Green House model enabled them to give their elders. “I never would want to work in a traditional style again” seemed to be a recurring theme.
By the fourth Green House visit in The Green House Homes at Traceway in Tupelo, MS, David found that all of his questions and reservations regarding the cost, the food, and the organization were answered. He was convinced. He decided that working with The Green House Project was a sure thing. Just as The Ritz Carlton is a proven model for creating an excellent hotel, John Knox should depend on The Green House model to guide building design, as well as, education and organizational redesign. The Green House homes at John Knox Village will look different than the various homes around the country, because they will reflect the culture of John Knox Village, but they will have the proven elements and core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff that has led to successful outcomes across the country.
John Knox leadership decided to follow The Green House model, and plans were drawn for a seven story Health Center with 12 homes, with 12 residents each.
Twylah and David have been privileged to share the story of how the residents of John Knox Village were the driving force to bring this change to the organization. Honoring varied faith traditions, Twylah shares a request to lift the Green House staff members (and especially the Shahbazim) in prayer to honor those who have chosen to spend their lives caring for elders in this special way; those who have a desire to create a real home that truly meets the unique needs of its elders.
John Knox Village is pleased to become part of The Green House family. Twylah and David have made many new friends in this journey, and wish all Green House Homes a Happy Holiday and look forward to serving in the New Year.
The Woodlands at John Knox Village: Construction is underway for new Green House homes in southern Florida
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on August 7th, 2014
The sunshine state lived up to its name when groundbreaking ceremonies took place on July 18th for 12 new Green House homes at John Knox Village (JKV) in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The event was a true celebration with approximately 350 Elders, local government officials, staff and leadership from JKV attending the event.
Susan Frazier, Chief Operating Officer of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project told the attendees, “We are here today to embrace something incredible. The essence of the Green House model is not only to provide a real home for Elders, but to fill these homes with warmth and empower staff to create a loving environment.”
The Woodlands at JKV will feature six floors with two Green House homes on each floor. Each home will have 12 private bedrooms and baths—along with a hearth area, open kitchen and dining room. A total of 144 Elders will call this home.
To date, there have been a number of training and informational programs for the JKV community. Implementation teams have been created to help guide the development of The Woodlands and the operational practices that will be incorporated once the homes open.
The first level of The Woodlands will feature a number of ammenties; 50 seat casual Bistro restaurant, a training center and kitchen, a convocation room with a capacity up to 100 people for chapel services and other special events, and a state of the art short-term rehabilitation center.
The homes are expected to open in the Fall of 2015.
We congratulate everyone involved in the project!
Click here to read more about the project.
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on June 11th, 2014
It was a LONG winter for all of us, but the summer promises to be a time of sunshine and celebration for many in the Green House family! Five homes will be opening and groundbreaking ceremonies will take place for another 12 homes.
We start the summer off on June 26th with the grand opening ceremonies for the first Green House homes in the land of 10,000 lakes. The three assisted living Green House homes are called “Water’s Edge” and are located in Mankato, Minnesota.
They are being developed and operated by Grace Senior Services. The owners, Brad and Heather Bass, have been committed to serving Elders for many years. In fact, they started their journey by opening an adult day service in their home 17 years ago. They currently have several senior housing cooperatives, two assisted living communities, and an adult foster care program. The new Director of Operations for Water’s Edge will be Brooke Olson.
Congratulations to the team at Water’s Edge…we wish you a wonderful grand opening and are excited to be working with you on this journey with your Elders!
Our next celebration will take us to the sunny state of Florida where our first skilled nursing Green House homes will be located. Groundbreaking ceremonies are slated to occur in late July.
The Woodlands at John Knox Village will have a total of seven floors and 144 private rooms for Elders. Two Green House homes will be located on each of six of the floors for a total of 12 homes, with the ground floor featuring a community area with a multi-purpose room, bistro and rehab center.
John Knox Village of Florida is the second largest not for profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Florida with almost 1,000 residents in Pompano Beach, Florida. John Knox Village was the recipient of the Governor’s Gold Seal Award in recognition of excellence in long term care.
We will keep you posted on the events surrounding their groundbreaking ceremonies as soon as they are finalized! We are most excited to see this project under construction…it is slated to open in late 2015.
Our final summer celebration will take place in Wisconsin! Two new Green House homes will have their grand opening on August 14th. It is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Tomah VA Medical Center located in Tomah, Wisconsin. We are so pleased to know that 20 veterans will experience REAL HOME in Tomah.
So as you can see, it will be a very eventful summer season for our Green House family and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate such success!
By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on May 21st, 2013
These are definitely exciting times at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida! Last week their Board of Directors approved the development of THE GREEN HOUSE® residences at the Village and renovations to their current Health Center.
“This project ensures our ability to fulfill our health care contract with our residents at the level and quality of care they expect from us,” said Board Chairman William Knibloe, II. “Further, it provides for our employees the opportunity to be part of the most important development and progressive care giving to seniors existing today.”
The $34-plus million project will be located on the northwest corner of The Village’s 65-acre campus. There will be seven floors, with the main floor featuring a community area for all Elders. The other six floors will each have two Green House homes. Each home will have 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a living area and kitchen.
Groundbreaking is slated for July, with the first Elders moving in October 2015.
Click here to read more about this development!