Reflections on Memorial Day

By / Posted on May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces in the United States.  We thought who better to offer their reflections on this special day than the veterans who live in Green House homes.  The below was written by Mr. Robert Foster and Mr. Randy Cook.  Supported by Mr. James Tucker and Mr. Delbert Foltz.  Freedom Green House Home, VA Iliana Healthcare System, Department Of Veteran Affairs, Danville IL.

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“Memorial Day…

Gives me the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our American Armed Forces who made this wonderful country of ours what it is today, the greatest country on earth, The United State of America.

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Unfortunately, many of our brave Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and this great nation. We must always remember the valorous efforts they put forth in making America the land of the free and the home of the brave.  This day also gives us the opportunity to remember our loved ones who served our nation. I remember both his father and brother who were both combat veterans and have since passed, but also how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to honorably serve my country.  Memorial Day is day that as I have gotten older understand the true purpose of this holiday and the meaning of remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our countries freedoms; making me proud to be an American.”

To learn more about Green House Projects for Veterans click here.

 


Much Comfort on this Valentine's Day

By / Posted on February 13th, 2015

Below is a special Valentine’s note from Minna Rae Friedman.  Her husband lives in a Green House home at the Capt. James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois.  While the note is written to express how grateful she is…we think you’ll agree there is much love written here “between the lines”!

My husband, Stanley Friedman, has been a resident of the Green House home for over one and a half years.    He is a 94 ½ year old WWII veteran.  This facility has been a godsend to us both.  It is a pleasure to visit and see the care he receives and his surroundings.  Friends who visit, want to move in.

When I have had health situations needing care, I am comfortable knowing he is being cared for.  Our children have supplied him with a desk and computer so he is able to play his favorite “Freecell” game, which not only engages his time, but provides some mental stimulation.

He has a number of health problems requiring medical and physical attention that I wouldn’t be able to provide, so it is doubly comforting to know he is comfortable, and contented.

We, fortunately, live close to Lovell FHCC, and it is a pleasure for me to visit often and I love to bring homemade treats that are always enjoyed by the residents and staff.  (I hope. They say so.)

The Green House homes are a wonderful addition to Lovell FHCC and a welcome respite from the old, traditional nursing homes.

Minna Rae Friedman

 

 

 

 


10 On 10: Ten Leaders In Aging Reflect On Ten Years Of Green House Homes

By / Posted on November 1st, 2013

Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked to change the way elders live in long term care.  Currently, there are 153 open and operating Green House homes 25 states with many more in development. In fact there are 24 more homes scheduled to open in 2014, and we are gaining momentum.  Because of these innovations, over 1550 elders are able to live, grow and thrive in real home environments where they are able to give and receive the care that they need.

In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we reached out to 10 thought leaders in the field of aging, and asked them to share their perspective on the impact that The Green House model has made on aging and long term care.  Below you will see the support that they voiced for this model, and the work that has been done to move the field forward.

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this strong statement that Aging and Long-Term Care can be different.


Happy 4th of July from VA Illiana

By / Posted on July 3rd, 2013

Thank you to all the Green House homes out there who create real homes and meaningful lives for the veterans who have protected our freedom and independence.

Enjoy this video created by VA Illiana about their Green House homes, aptly named, The Freedom and Liberty homes.

 


Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Highlights, The Green House Project

By / Posted on February 19th, 2013

On February 8, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a policy briefing on Capitol Hill entitled, “Redesigning the Nursing Home: How The Green House® Project is improving the Way We Care for Older Americans”

Held in one of the beautiful rooms of the Capitol Visitors Center Room, more than 100 representatives from Congressional offices, Congressional Committee staff, Federal , State and Municipal Government Agencies, as well as National and State Aging Organizations attended the briefing.

The intent of the policy briefing was to raise awareness of The Green House Project as a solution for transforming Nursing Home Care and meeting the needs of the impending “age wave” facing our nation.

Moderated by Dr. Jane Isaacs Lowe, senior advisor for program development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the briefing began with and brief introduction and presentation of a video to create a virtual experience of The Green House model.

Distinguished speakers included Robert Jenkens, MSRED, Managing Director, Aging and Independence, NCB Capital Impact; Dr. David Grabowski, professor of health care policy, Harvard Medical School (via video conferencing); Dr. Alice Bonner, RN, FAANP, director, Division of Nursing Homes in the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification, Department of Health and Human Services and Pamela Sanberg, RN, NEA-BC, MS, NHA, Green House home guide, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center , North Chicago, IL.

Speakers highlighted the various aspects of the program, such as the research to support the clinical and financial viability of this model. Pamela Sanberg spoke on behalf of the Veteran’s Association saying, “The small house model, exemplified by The Green House model is well suited to serve our wounded warriors.” The mission of The Green House Project is to make this model an option for elders in every community. Currently in 32 states, The Green House Project feels confident that there are no regulatory barriers to inhibit the this model from developing across the country.

We are hopeful that all attendees especially congressional staff and federal, state and municipal staff came away with valuable information and will continue to look to The Green House® Project as an innovative model for the future of long term care.


Tomah Veterans Green House groundbreaking featured on local news

By / Posted on November 6th, 2012

Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center Green House homes were featured on the local news. They broke ground on their two homes, and are planning to open in Spring of 2014. As State Commander, John Fredrickson said, these homes will be, “more of a family-like atmosphere” for the veterans.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony is a success for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago

By / Posted on October 2nd, 2012

October 1st was a spectacular day for the dedication of the latest Green House homes to open in North Chicago, IL.  With a crowd of around 150 Veterans, community members, family and employees from the FHCC, everyone was eager to see what was behind the red ribbon.  From the outside it looks like a residential home of around 8000 square feet with a beautiful green lawn and pristine landscaping.  From the inside though, you can tell it is something special….walking in the home the interior design is bright and inviting, you see the hearth with a fire place and a beautiful decoration of yellow, orange, green and red squares which is above the mantle.  The open kitchen is beautiful with stainless steel appliances and further left is the long table that is a core practice and value of The Green House model.  The table is flanked by six foot windows on two sides letting in wonderful light!

Everyone who walked past the threshold was greeted by Captain James A. Lovell, who passionately welcomed them to a new way to care for Elders.   He is proud to be associated with this new model of care, and his wife joked wondering if he could be eligible to live there!  There was a smile on every single person who entered into The Green House home.

Among the speakers for the event were Patrick Sullivan, National Director of the FHCC, Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Captain James A. Lovell, retired Astronaut, and Terry Simonette, CEO of NCB Capital Impact. 

Hojlo explained to attendees how important it is to change how we care for our Veterans and to offer choice.  This sentiment was echoed by Sullivan of the FHCC who not only thanked the staff responsible for the implementation of The Green House homes on this campus, but also to the family members and Veterans for their service and continued support.


Residences at VA Danville, utilize The Green House Prototype Design Package

By / Posted on March 2nd, 2012

By Melissa Urbieta

Chicago, IL (March 1, 2012)

The Chicago office of top design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joins with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in celebrating the completion of the country’s first Community Living Center (CLC) to utilize THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package at the VA Illiana Health Care System campus in Danville, Illinois.

The CLC at Danville consists of two 7,500 sf buildings—aptly named Freedom House and Liberty House—containing ten private bedrooms with direct views to common areas, communal living areas and kitchens, and ample outdoor space, all with an aim to restore maximum function and independence while providing veteran-centered care. “Perkins Eastman has been truly honored to work with the Veterans’ Administration to design thoughtful living environments for our veterans,” says Principal Jerry Walleck AIA. “Our goal was to ensure that the CLC at Danville provides a state-of-the-art environment that supports the VA’s mission to improve the health of the men and women who have served our nation.”

The VA Illiana Health Care System CLC is the first of several VA communities either planned or under construction that utilizes THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package, a new approach for seniors needing skilled nursing care that emphasizes de-institutionalization. The prototype was designed in 2011 by Perkins Eastman in concert with THE GREEN HOUSE® Project and NCB Capital Impact to provide a turnkey design for senior living communities at a reduced schedule and with reduced costs.

The overall goal of design is to empower more providers across the country to create communities where seniors can experience quality care in a de-institutionalized environment. A transformation in the way veteran care is delivered, Freedom House and Liberty House address the spectrum of health—physical, emotional, psychological—in their design. In adopting this community-based model of care, Freedom House and Liberty House at VA Illiana provide greater assurances of privacy and personalized environments for veterans in ways more traditional models cannot.


Christa Hojlo, “creating environments where the very best can happen for people”

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration, speaks here at the opening celebration about why the VA sees the Green House model as a long-term alternative to traditional nursing homes. 

She reflects, that we are creating an environment where our veterans can thrive and grow and where the staff can grow in new ways.  It puts the power in the hands of the veteran and those working closest with them to meet their needs, whether that be a stack of pancakes, or anything else that will support the veteran in meeting his/her highest potential.


Christa Hojlo, "creating environments where the very best can happen for people"

By / Posted on November 11th, 2011

Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration, speaks here at the opening celebration about why the VA sees the Green House model as a long-term alternative to traditional nursing homes. 

She reflects, that we are creating an environment where our veterans can thrive and grow and where the staff can grow in new ways.  It puts the power in the hands of the veteran and those working closest with them to meet their needs, whether that be a stack of pancakes, or anything else that will support the veteran in meeting his/her highest potential.


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.