THRIVE Research – What does this mean for Green House Homes?

By / Posted on January 26th, 2012

THRIVE Research – What does this mean for Green House Homes?

 

You’ve probably heard about the THRIVE  research studies aimed at learning more about how the Green House model works and how it differs from other models of care.   You might be curious what this means for the Green House projects over the next few years.

 

Many of the Green House projects will be getting calls over the next year to discuss participation. Research team members from Pioneer Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Carolina, and Health Management Strategies will be contacting several projects to ask them to participate in one or more parts of the study.

 

Here are some terms you might hear or see:

 

Questionnaires: These are paper or electronic surveys staff complete on a topic.

 

Site Visit: Several Green House projects will be asked to host a visit by a small team of friendly researchers (usually 2-4 people).  The purpose of the visit is to collect information on what life is like in the Green House homes for shabhazim and elders and how care is provided.

 

Interviews: Interviews are one way researchers get to know details about how things work in the Green House homes. Interviewees will be asked questions that allow them to tell stories and share their experiences.

 

What is a site visit like? 

Enjoyable !  A site visit from the research team is not like a visit from state regulators, in that the intent is to learn and not to evaluate.  It’s a time for researchers to learn about what life and care is like in a Green House, and for Green House staff, shabhazim, and elders to have the opportunity to contribute to what is being learned.  

 

Lori Kinney, Green House Guide at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home, has experienced a few site visits from research teams. “The research team’s communication was great, whether it was through emails or phone conversations. The visits went well… Since we, staff and elders, were prepared for the visits from the research team, things moved along swiftly and elders always appreciate visits from ‘new’ people that enjoy listening and talking with them.”

 

The researchers understand that the Green Houses are the elders’ homes and intend to minimize disruption as much as possible. The researchers are flexible and know things can “pop up” that make it difficult for staff to attend to the research needs during the visit. Elder’s needs are always the top priority.

 

The research team looks forward to working with the Green House homes! Questions about THRIVE can be directed to Lauren Cohen (lauren_cohen@unc.edu or 919-843-8874).

 

 The THRIVE research studies are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.