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Adult Learner-Centered Education: Logistics (September 26-28, 2012)

Hotel Information:

We’ve requested a group rate for a block of rooms at The Hampton Inn & Suites, National Airport.  There is no obligation to stay here, but in order to receive the discounted rate, you are responsible for making your own reservation with the hotel by August 26, 2012.

The Hampton Inn & Suites, National Airport

2000 Jefferson Davies Highway

Arlington, Virginia 22202

703.418.8181

Room Block Name: The Green House Project (be sure to mention this when making your reservation)

Rate: $149 per night (Rate is valid 09/25-09/27 (Check out is 09/28).)

Flight Times:

Please take into consideration your flight times.  If you are going to try to fly home on Thursday night, let’s work together so that we can plan our training schedule accordingly.  We strongly recommend that you fly in on the Tuesday before training (09/25) and leave on Friday (09/28), so as not to impede on the intensive training schedule. Please provide us with your flight and hotel information when your arrangements have been made.  Email your arrangements to: eduda@ncbcapitalimpact.org

 **Also, note that Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the most convenient airport to The Green House office.  From Dulles (IAD), or Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) you will have to either rent a car, or plan extensive time for public transportation.

SAVE THE DATES!!

Adult Learner-Centered Education pre-webinar: September 13, 2012

3:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

Adult Learner-Centered Education post-webinar: October 11, 2012

3:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

 

Dr. Bill Thomas to deliver keynote speech at 5th Annual Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration

Dr. Bill Thomas, creator of The Green House model, is a fountain of inspiration and vision for innovations in aging.  At last year’s Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration, Dr. Thomas challenged the group to examine their circle of compassion.  He pontificated that all people are surrounded by a circle of compassion that defines their relationships with those around them, “And the key ingredient to building a happy and vibrant Green House home is the ability of those in it to significantly grow their personal circle of compassion.”

Dr. Bill Thomas will provide the opening keynote speech of The 5th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration (#GHP12) on the topic of Meaningful Life and Engagement. Certified Green House organizations, click here to register to attend!  This session will also be livestreamed (September 6 @ 8:30-10:30a ET) on The Green House Blog.  Looking forward to a stimulating session!   

Teepa Snow, Dementia Expert, Featured as a Keynote of The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration

THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project is excited to welcome Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA as a keynote speaker at the 5th Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration. Teepa Snow is a dementia expert and a certified Occupational Therapist, who brings a unique, person-centered perspective to engaging with people living with dementia. Teepa’s techniques, highlighting in the video, Accepting The Challenge, are utilized during Core Team Education, an important part of The Green House Project’s comprehensive education plan. This six-day training prepares staff to work in The Green House homes and includes an exploration of Green House philosophy, coaching communication, and developing skills to interact effectively with people who have dementia. The Green House Annual Meeting is an exclusive event for organizations who are trademarked Green House homes. This will be a great opportunity for the attendees to refresh their knowledge of Teepa’s philosophy, and to express their gratitude for how these techniques have impacted the elders living with dementia in their Green House homes.

Accepting the Challenge! Being with and Learning from Persons Living with Dementia, Teepa Snow’s keynote speech, will be livestreamed for free on The Green House Blog from 8:30-10:00a ET on September 7, for all of those people who are unable to attend The Green House annual meeting and celebration. Teepa will also facilitate a smaller breakout session that will be interactive and utilize many techniques for communicating and interacting effectively with people who are living with dementia.

The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration, in Grand Rapids, MI from September 5-7, will be an event of learning, information-sharing and many networking opportunities, so if you are a trademarked Green House organizations come join the celebration! Register today for The Green House Annual Meeting and if you have questions, please call (703) 647-2311

Bring Small House Nursing Homes to California

Susan Frazier was called to testify before California Assembly on Heath on the Senate bill #1228,Bring Small House Nursing Homes to California.  Read full testimony here:

Susan Frazier Testimony, Senate Bill 1228

We honor our partners, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, and all the hard work that is going on in California to create a better environment for people to age and live. 

 

 

The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration

The Green House Project is excited to host The Fifth Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration, an exclusive opportunity for organizations who have adopted The Green House Project.  This year’s meeting will be held on September 5-7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Building on an important value of The Green House concept, this year’s theme, “Meaningful Life, Meaningful Engagement”, will highlight the impact organizations are having on the lives of the people who are living and working in their Green House homes.  

The Green House Project is eager to use this platform to acknowledge the four Green House Projects that are open and thriving in the great state of Michigan.  From Pinecrest in the Upper Peninsula to Porter Hills, in Grand Rapids, our host city; from the Villages of Redford in Detroit’s outskirts to Resthaven on the the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, we honor all of the homes where elders and persons living with disabilities can live lives of meaning and engagement in homes where they are well known.  

This meeting and celebration as always been a time to honor the commitments that Green House organizations have made to the model and the initiative,  and the hard work to make this vision a reality.  We hope this experience provides our network with the opportunities for learning, growth, replenishment and fun!

The opportunity to visit Porter Hills will give adopters a chance to how The Green House model is lived on another campus, and there will be plenty of time for networking and relationship building amongst peers throughout the conference.  This venue will be bustling with best practices, and lessons learned from all phases of Green House development and sustainability.  Education and growth are key features of The Green House model, and there will by thoughtful sessions by Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House model and international change agent, dementia care expert Teepa Snow OT/R, and many others.   

This meeting brings together Shahbazim, Guides, CEOs, Clinical Support Team members and Elders to share their knowledge and everyday experiences. 

If you can’t attend this year’s meeting, or if you are not a Green House adopter, but are interested in the agenda, don’t worry– there will be interactive opportunities throughout the meeting!  We will be livestreaming from our website: Dr. Thomas’ keynote (9/6/2012, 9:00a), Teepa Snow’s keynote (9/7/2012, 8:30a).  We will also be updating our facebook page throughout the conference and will be using hastag: #GHP12, to tweet exciting news and photos. 

Thank you for your support and energy to further The Green House Project, and our quest to create “Meaningful Engagement and Meaningful Lives

Waters Edge at Willow Brook breaks ground in Mankato, Minnesota

Water's Edge at Willow Brook groundbreaking

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” will soon be the home of the first Green House Assisted Living homes!  Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on a gorgeous sunny morning June 27th, in Mankato, Minnesota.

The homes will be called Water’s Edge at Willow Brook, and will be developed and operated by Grace Senior Services.  Brad and Heather Bass are the owners and have a deep commitment to serving elders.

They began their journey by opening an adult day service out of their home in 1997 and now have several senior housing cooperatives, two Assisted Living facilities, an adult foster care program, and a team of dedicated staffers to work with all of the elders.

During the groundbreaking event, Brad expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “We are excited to be part of the national replication project for Green House homes and for the opportunity to bring this special model to Mankato and the state of Minnesota.”

The three homes should be open early next year.  A warm welcome to our newest members of the Green House family!

Highlighting The Green House Project Team: Kate Waldo, Project Guide

Kate Waldo, Project Guide

Kate always wanted to be a teacher.  As a child her “classes” would include her brother and all of her dolls.  She thoroughly enjoyed leading her “pupils” through their lessons.  So it’s easy to understand that she has found teaching professionals in aging services about culture change a most rewarding career experience.

Like many of us, Kate’s first memory of skilled nursing involved a family member.  Her great grandfather, a strong and proud farmer, had experienced a stroke and was physically restrained when she had come to visit.  As a six year old, she could not understand why he was not allowed to stand up.  Years later, while studying to become a recreational therapist, she was assigned to work with an Elder and was amazed at how little freedom Elders were given in the facility.  For instance, they were not allowed to go outside alone.  When Kate took an Elder outdoors and saw the complete enjoyment on her face when she dropped her head back to feel the warmth of the sun, she knew there must be a better way.  She soon met Dr. Bill Thomas and learned about the Eden Alternative—and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.

As an Assistant Administrator and Director of Recreation Therapy, Kate began to teach culture change to her organization and continues to do so today.  Now as a Project Guide for THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, Kate develops new curricula, as well as teaches and assists adopters in the development of their Green House homes.

  • 13 years in aging services
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Assistant Administrator, Administrator –in-Training, Director of Recreation Therapy
  • Organizational Culture Change Specialist
  • Trained Eden Associate
  • Adult Day Center Program Assistant

Kate thoroughly enjoys the outdoors.  She can be found camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming and surfing!  She loves animals, especially her seven year old Chocolate Lab dog and her six chickens.  Kate is the proud owner of a 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon that she affectionately calls “Bertha”.

Celebrating the service of WWII Nurse, June Rolinson!

June Rolinson, WWII Nurse living at The Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Redford Campus.

During the month of July when we celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s also a time to honor those who have served in our military preserving our freedom over the years.  92 year old June Rolison, a WWII Army Nurse, is one of those individuals.  “I just wanted to take care of people”, that’s how June described her decision to become a nurse.  June currently resides in the “Redford House”, a Green House home on the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Redford Campus.

June had hoped to be stationed overseas, but she spent her time in Army hospitals in Virginia working with wounded soldiers.  “The servicemen were great.  They tried so hard to get around. In many cases their lives were ruined, but they didn’t let that stop them.  They gave their lives for us.”  While June said it was so tough to see the young men wounded, being an Army Nurse was “very fulfilling”.  For June, the fourth of July is a time for people to think about their freedom.  She says the servicemen were very thankful for all of the assistance provided to them, and she says she is thankful for the service they provided the country.  We couldn’t agree more!  Thank you June for your service and to all of our past and current military personnel!

Green House Assisted Living Homes for Minnesota!

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” will soon be the home of the first Green House Assisted Living homes!  Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on a gorgeous sunny morning June 27th in Mankato, Minnesota.

The homes will be called Water’s Edge at Willow Brook, and will be developed and operated by Grace Senior Services.  Brad and Heather Bass are the owners and have a deep commitment to serving elders.  They began their journey by opening an adult day service out of their home in 1997 and now have several senior housing cooperatives, two Assisted Living facilities, an adult foster care program, and a team of dedicated staffers to work with all of the elders.

During the groundbreaking event, Brad expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “We are excited to be part of the national replication project for Green House homes and for the opportunity to bring this special model to Mankato and the state of Minnesota.”  The three homes should be open early next year.  A warm welcome to our newest members of the Green House family!