By Margaret Stansbury / Posted on July 28th, 2014
As policy makers discuss improvements in how health care is provided for our nation’s Veterans, the need for greater option for long-term services and supports is greater than ever. The aging of the Veterans population will require a new vision. Many of our Veterans require 24-7 care skilled nursing care. In 2013, nearly 36,000 veterans resided in skilled nursing care facilities on a long-term basis. Another 4,000 Veterans received skilled nursing care on a short-term basis. In response to this growing need, Green House Homes are becoming increasingly available to Veterans.
The Green House Project was thrilled to host representatives from Veteran’s Service Organizations for a home visit at The Green House Residences at Stadium Place on July 14th. Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA Central Office, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans came together to learn more about how The Green House model can serve our veterans with an innovative alternative for long-term care.
A Green House home is a self-contained, skilled nursing home where autonomy and choice are honored, quality care is a priority and people have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work and relationships. Ten to twelve veterans live in each home.
The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a flexible living environment where each resident enjoys choice and independence.
Green House homes provide all the same services of a traditional nursing home, delivering an exceptionally high quality of care while keeping the emphasis on the comfort and well-being of the Elder.
The daily operating cost for Green House homes are the same as traditional nursing homes. And the quality of care improves health outcomes, yielding real savings on healthcare costs.
This summer the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin will become the fourth VAMC to open Green House Homes. Later this year, the Green House homes at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will open. Click here to learn more about The Green House Project for Veterans.