Green House Blog

Avoidable: David Grabowski’s Take on the Pandemic’s Impact on Nursing Homes

COVID-19 has had such an impact on so many lives over the past several months that when you hear a well-respected researcher in long-term care say the impact could have been significantly reduced in nursing homes or AVOIDABLE…it makes you lean into the conversation and hear how he backs up that statement. And Dr. David […]

Disparties, Racism & Ageism Amid COIVD-19

The Elevate Eldercare podcast this week is most timely given the headlines concerning protests about social injustice in Wisconsin. Susan Ryan, Green House Senior Director, interviewed Karyne Jones, the president & CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA). It was amazing the wide variety of topics they covered – everything from […]

How They Made the Mold

We had a trip down memory lane and the inside scoop from two innovative leaders on the most recent Elevate Eldercare episode. Susan interviewed the creator and founder of The Green House Project, Dr. Bill Thomas, MD, and the CEO of Methodist Senior Services (MSS), Steve McAlilly. MSS pioneered the first Green House homes on […]

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A Nurse Says, “Safety Third”

We could entitle the latest “Let me say This about That,” Nurse-Speak for Dummies as Mary Hopfner-Thomas, my co-host, and I (two non-nurses) unpack the conversation between two nurses, Green House Senior Director Susan Ryan and Tammy Marshall, chief experience officer at Thrive Senior Living. Tammy said, “There is a way of knowing that nurses have…that is […]

Dr. James Wright

Dementia-ism, Grace, and the Value of the Outdoors

In our Friday recap of this podcast, “Let Me Say This About That,” Marla and I take a wonderful journey to further explore what Dr. Wright would like to accomplish. We discuss how he will use his voice and why we see his 25 years of experience as a way to help pave the path toward […]

GHP Podcast Elevate Eldercare

We Thought It Was Time for a Podcast that Elevates Eldercare: So We Made One!

We hope you enjoy, ‘Let Me Say This About That,’ and join us in wrestling through these timely, thought-provoking, and action-invoking issues.”

The Art of Being a CNA Amid COVID-19

Working on a memory care unit where consistency is a vital component to the mental and emotional well-being for those in our care has become uniquely challenging.

Awe and Gratitude Amid COVID-19

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, Vice Chair Audrey Weiner delivered some very heartfelt remarks to Green House partners last week as they gathered virtually to share updates about their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought her very eloquent words were worth sharing with everyone, as her message applies across all of […]

Dementia Care: Reminiscence versus Real

A senior housing operator approached me recently about endorsing his new memory care development. It sounded lovely—he said it was designed to feel like a neighborhood—the residents living with dementia could wander down the street to visit friends and partake in different activities going on throughout the neighborhood. He spoke of the effort and expense […]

Medication, Dementia & the Crucial Need for Advocacy

We’ve all seen it—the elder who moves into a nursing home or assisted living with a list of medication as long as your arm. As the nurse who would often do the admissions, I would look at this older, frail person, see their lengthy medication administration record (MAR) and wonder how they could swallow all […]

Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Conference

It was a pleasure to be able to attend the DAA Conference in Atlanta last month. The Dementia Action Alliance is a non-profit national advocacy and educational organization striving to support people living with dementia to lead normal lives. One of the DAA’s goals is to educate about the stigma and misperceptions that are prevalent regarding people […]

Transforming the elder experience

Following is a repost of a blog by Carol Silver Elliott as it appeared in the Times of Israel on July 8. What if we viewed elders as individuals with value and purpose? What if we stopped, as a society, seeing older adults as “them,” as people who are “less than” and who have little to […]