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Green House Overview: May 1, 2012

The Green House Model Overview Webinar will target audiences seeking both basic and advanced information about the model, financial and operational outcomes, current research, and how to join The Green House Project. Primary audiences sought will be leadership staff of long term care provider organizations (non-profit and for profit), leaders and staff of other healthcare aging services organizations, consumers, advocates, and healthcare professionals. The Overview Webinar will give opportunities for questions and discussion.

Objectives:
•Review the fundamentals of the 3-part transformation from traditional skilled nursing services to The Green House model.
•Explore results from 3 research studies into the model’s effectiveness and viability.
•Discuss the process and potential next steps for assessing the “fit” of The Green House model as an option for your community.
•Review and Discuss Audience Questions regarding The Green House Model.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Location: Web address and log-in details will be sent by email a week prior to the scheduled session.

Cost: The Webinar registration fee is $95.

The Business of Caregiving: The Cottages, St. Martin's in the Pines

St. Martin’s in the Pines is featured as an exemplary employer in a series of case studies by PHI.  In this series that  that highlights “quality care through quality jobs,” St. Martin’s tells their story of culture change, and the impact on their community:

Through its journey toward this new vision, St. Martin’s has succeeded in enhancing the work environment and quality of jobs for its staff, with some remarkable results, including a substantially lower turnover rate and higher resident and family satisfaction rates compared to those at the traditional nursing home.

PHI does an exceptional job of combining antecdotal evidence of transformation, with hard numbers that illustrate the business case.  In order to understand the success of The Green House model, all aspects of transformation must be analyzed.  It is the combination of philosophy, organizational restructure and environmental design that delivers the results described in the study.  As an example of increased staff effectiveness, Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Management Mamie Mahone explains that the new responsibilities and skills as Shahbazim have helped CNAs to blossom:

It’s autonomy, it’s responsibility. I think they show pride in what they do. It’s given them some decision-making skills. I’ve seen people develop and light up and show skills I didn’t know they had. They have time management skills. They’re organized. They are able to get a lot of work done during their day and spend a lot more time with the elders.

To read the full study, visit PHI Case Study Site

 

 

 

 

The Business of Caregiving: The Cottages, St. Martin’s in the Pines

St. Martin’s in the Pines is featured as an exemplary employer in a series of case studies by PHI.  In this series that  that highlights “quality care through quality jobs,” St. Martin’s tells their story of culture change, and the impact on their community:

Through its journey toward this new vision, St. Martin’s has succeeded in enhancing the work environment and quality of jobs for its staff, with some remarkable results, including a substantially lower turnover rate and higher resident and family satisfaction rates compared to those at the traditional nursing home.

PHI does an exceptional job of combining antecdotal evidence of transformation, with hard numbers that illustrate the business case.  In order to understand the success of The Green House model, all aspects of transformation must be analyzed.  It is the combination of philosophy, organizational restructure and environmental design that delivers the results described in the study.  As an example of increased staff effectiveness, Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Management Mamie Mahone explains that the new responsibilities and skills as Shahbazim have helped CNAs to blossom:

It’s autonomy, it’s responsibility. I think they show pride in what they do. It’s given them some decision-making skills. I’ve seen people develop and light up and show skills I didn’t know they had. They have time management skills. They’re organized. They are able to get a lot of work done during their day and spend a lot more time with the elders.

To read the full study, visit PHI Case Study Site

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Living Names Green House Project One of its Top 10 Movements in Long-Term Care

Long-Term Living magazine

This May, The Green House Project was named by Long-Term Living magazine as one of its “top 10 innovations in Long Term Care.”

In fact, it took the #1 spot.

Richard L. Peck, contributing editor  to the publication (and formerly its editor-in-chief) described the initiative as “Dr. William Thomas’ second act.”

In what might be described as a case of function following architectural form, this homelike arrangement encourages personal interaction among residents and staff and flexible scheduling of services and activities. The Green House model has even evolved its own language-the living area is the Hearth space, its universal workers are known as Shabazim, and its administrators serve as staff “coaches” and “guides.”

The article is a “who’s who” of initiatives that have impacted long-term and person-centered care, architectural innovation and  financial stabilization. The multi-faceted view of the culture change movement demonstrates the power of this niche to create major change in the mainstream field.

Other organizations highlighted include The Pioneer Network, Beacon Hill Village and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC).

To read the full list, click here.

Aging Boom in Montana Brings Growth To Green House Project Operator

St. Johns Lutheran Homes

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Mont., has become one of the largest employers in the state by providing a continuum of care to older adults from retirement communities to Green House Project skilled nursing homes.

Billings CBS affiliate KTVQ sat down with St. John’s CEO Kent Bugress to discuss how Montana’s growing aging population is having a positive impact on the state and local economy.

Burgress says the current West-end location has grown into one of the largest facilities in the state and employers in the county, which currently stands as the tenth largest in Yellowstone County. He attributes that growth to the success of the state’s only true Continuing Care Retirement Community.

“We offer all level of services from skilled nursing to transitional care to independent living and a variety of assisted living,” Burgess said. “Our goal is to manage the care and needs of people on our campus without having them having to leave our campus.”

Watch the interview below — St. John’s Green House Project homes are identified as “The Cottages”:

Green House Overview: November 28, 2012

The Green House Model Overview Webinar will target audiences seeking both basic and advanced information about the model, financial and operational outcomes, current research, and how to join The Green House Project. Primary audiences sought will be leadership staff of long term care provider organizations (non-profit and for profit), leaders and staff of other healthcare aging services organizations, consumers, advocates, and healthcare professionals. The Overview Webinar will give opportunities for questions and discussion.

Objectives:
•Review the fundamentals of the 3-part transformation from traditional skilled nursing services to The Green House model.
•Explore results from 3 research studies into the model’s effectiveness and viability.
•Discuss the process and potential next steps for assessing the “fit” of The Green House model as an option for your community.
•Review and Discuss Audience Questions regarding The Green House Model.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Location: Web address and log-in details will be sent by email a week prior to the scheduled session.

Green House Overview: December 4, 2012

The Green House Model Overview Webinar will target audiences seeking both basic and advanced information about the model, financial and operational outcomes, current research, and how to join The Green House Project. Primary audiences sought will be leadership staff of long term care provider organizations (non-profit and for profit), leaders and staff of other healthcare aging services organizations, consumers, advocates, and healthcare professionals. The Overview Webinar will give opportunities for questions and discussion.

Objectives:
•Review the fundamentals of the 3-part transformation from traditional skilled nursing services to The Green House model.
•Explore results from 3 research studies into the model’s effectiveness and viability.
•Discuss the process and potential next steps for assessing the “fit” of The Green House model as an option for your community.
•Review and Discuss Audience Questions regarding The Green House Model.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Location: Web address and log-in details will be sent by email a week prior to the scheduled session.

Cost: The Webinar registration fee is $95

Maryland Honors Green House Founder With Lifetime Achievement Award

Reba Cornman (member of GEDCO Senior Services Committee), Dr. Bill Thomas and Mitch Posner (Executive Director of GEDCO)

Dr. Bill Thomas was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the state of Maryland at the annual Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards ceremony May 10 for his pioneering work as founder of The Green House Project and Eden Alternative philosophy.

 

Maryland has reason to celebrate Dr. Thomas’ contributions to culture change as the state’s first Green House Project homes are currently under construction by GEDCO at Stadium Place in Baltimore.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Secretary of Aging Gloria Lawlah also recognized outstanding contributions made by older Marylanders, and groups or organizations that serve them with awards for the visual and performing arts, health and advocacy.

The Green House Project and NCB Capital Impact were proud to sponsor the Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards. Learn more about the other award recipients at Dr. Thomas’ blog ChangingAging.org and enjoy this video of the event by ChangingAging Editor Kavan Peterson:

Summer Call Series for Green House Adopters

This series of calls/webinars will highlight the major goals of our second Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, through a dialogue about major initiatives and how you can be involved

We are looking forward to the stimulating discussions, questions, stories and successful practices that will emerge from these conversations. Your feedback is welcomed, appreciated and necessary to make these connection outlets reach their highest potential.

Topics Include:
* Marketing: Utilizing the Blogstream to tell your story and market to your community
*Policy: Activating Green House Projects to advocate for Culture Change
*Finance: Dollars and Sense of The Green House Model, updated findings
*Project Management: Living the Brand and the Mission
*Tool Development: Equipping Green House Projects for Success
*Peer Network: Sustaining our Promise to the Model

For more information, contact your Project Guide!

Request for Proposals: Successful Practices from Green House Adopters

The Green House Annual Meeting (September 7-9 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an opportune time  for adopters to share wisdom, successful practices and stories that occur in your homes around the country.  As shahbaz, Sarah Hoffman, expressed, “I am so inspired when other colleagues share their, ‘a-ha!’ moments with me, and I hope I can do the same in return.”

In that spirit, we are offering an opportunity to share your ‘a-ha!’ moments with each other at our upcoming meeting by filling out our Call for Successful Practices and Innovations, below.

The Green House Annual Meeting is rich soil in which to share your living story with others who are on the journey of transformation. You have unique experiences and successes to share.

Goals:

  • To identify successful practices, innovations, and experiences among staff and elders from Green House homes.
  • To engage a broad cross section of staff from across the nation by offering a $500 honorarium to organizations who are chosen to share their Successful Practice at the Fourth Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama

Please fill out the form below:

http://greenhouseproject.wufoo.com/forms/fourth-annual-green-house-meeting-september-79/

From the ChangingAging Blogstream: This Is What It's All About!

Editors Note: The Green House® Project Blog is a member of the ChangingAging Blogstream. We will regularly feature ChangingAging Blogstream content regarding the Green House® Project movement. Visit ChangingAging.org to learn more.

By Allen Power, MD, Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY

Allen Power’s Blog

It has not been a smooth road for St. John’s in our efforts to build Green Houses® out in communities around Rochester. There has been a lot of resistance from Federal regulators who can’t imagine how we can keep 20 elders safe when living 10 miles from the main campus, or how the houses might be effectively surveyed along with the rest of the organization.

This is a case of “not seeing the forest for the trees”. Even though our first two houses are several months away from completion, we are already being shown the real reasons why we are doing this.

You see, the first two Green Houses will be in the center of a new townhouse community called Arbor Ridge, in the suburb of Penfield. It’s a multi-generational community, but the majority of people who have purchased townhouses so far are over 55. And even though the Green Houses are just being framed, several different members of the community have already called to inquire if living at Arbor Ridge will raise the likelihood that they or their family members could receive consideration to move into our Green Houses in the future! Far from the “Not in my backyard” syndrome, people in the community are excited by this new approach to elder care.

Community Green Houses do more than provide high quality care and well-being. They are already creating aging in community, as even during construction their neighbors are seeing them as a viable place for meaningful life and continued engagement, should their needs increase.

Arbor Ridge
Soon-to-be Green House

From the ChangingAging Blogstream: This Is What It’s All About!

Editors Note: The Green House® Project Blog is a member of the ChangingAging Blogstream. We will regularly feature ChangingAging Blogstream content regarding the Green House® Project movement. Visit ChangingAging.org to learn more.

By Allen Power, MD, Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY

Allen Power’s Blog

It has not been a smooth road for St. John’s in our efforts to build Green Houses® out in communities around Rochester. There has been a lot of resistance from Federal regulators who can’t imagine how we can keep 20 elders safe when living 10 miles from the main campus, or how the houses might be effectively surveyed along with the rest of the organization.

This is a case of “not seeing the forest for the trees”. Even though our first two houses are several months away from completion, we are already being shown the real reasons why we are doing this.

You see, the first two Green Houses will be in the center of a new townhouse community called Arbor Ridge, in the suburb of Penfield. It’s a multi-generational community, but the majority of people who have purchased townhouses so far are over 55. And even though the Green Houses are just being framed, several different members of the community have already called to inquire if living at Arbor Ridge will raise the likelihood that they or their family members could receive consideration to move into our Green Houses in the future! Far from the “Not in my backyard” syndrome, people in the community are excited by this new approach to elder care.

Community Green Houses do more than provide high quality care and well-being. They are already creating aging in community, as even during construction their neighbors are seeing them as a viable place for meaningful life and continued engagement, should their needs increase.

Arbor Ridge
Soon-to-be Green House