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REGISTRATION for The Green House Educator Program: March 4-8, 2013

THE GREEN HOUSE® Educator Program is a highly interactive workshop available exclusively to Green House Educators. The program will be held at The Eddy Village Green, an operating Green House organization in Albany, NY.

Purpose: To prepare effective Green House Educators to teach the various Green House curricula

Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and understand the content of The Green House education programs: The Green House Core Team Education, The Role of the Nurse, In-House Training (Lab Practicum), Culinary Training & ServSafe, EN-CORE/Peer Mentor Program
  • Understand the role of Green House Educators in implementing and sustaining the model
  • Describe The Green House values and essential practices through experiential learning in Green House homes
  • Describe how each curricula is designed to develop competencies for empowered self-managed work teams and coaching partners
  • Describe the likely characteristics of participants and explain how each curricula is designed to meet their learning needs and support effective team-building
  • Gather lessons-learned and successful teaching practices from experienced Green House Educators
  • Identify their own values related to their role as an educator/teacher/trainer
  • Identify their areas of strength and areas needing support in order to prepare and teach the Core Team Education curriculum effectively

There is no cost to Green House organizations to register. Some meals will be provided during the training, although other participants will be responsible for other expenses (ex. travel, hotel, remaining meals).

More logistics will be available upon registration (below). The deadline for registration is February 6, 2013.

REGISTRATION for Coaching Supervision: April 16-18, 2013

THE GREEN HOUSE® Coaching Supervision Program is a highly interactive workshop available exclusively to Green House Guides and Directors of Nursing. The program will be held at The Green House Project office in Arlington, VA.

Purpose: To prepare Green House Guides and Directors of Nursing in their roles as coaching supervisors and partners to the self-managed work team.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the primary roles of a supervisor, the importance of supervision in long-term care, and the role of the Guide and the DON in The GHeen house model relative to supervision
  • Understand the principles and practices of a coaching-based approach to supervising and guiding individuals in self-managed work teams
  • Use coachining-based communication and problem-solving skills, especially active listening, maintaining appropriate emotional control, and presenting information objectively, without blame or judgment
  • Relate to employees and teams in a supportive manner, with empathy, while also offering clear feedback about expectations, problems, and their consequences
  • Help employees and teams to consider different perspectives and possibilites and help them actively make decisions to address problematic behaviors
  • Practice the skills of coaching superision in one-to-one interactions with teams
  • Explore how the role of the leader shifts as she or he adopts several leadership approaches that empoewr self-managed work teams
  • Address the impact of power and authority in a coaching relationship as it relates to individuals and self-managed teams

There is no cost to Green House organizations to register. Lunch will be provided during the training, although other participants will be responsible for other expenses (ex. travel, hotel, remaining meals).

More logistics will be available upon registration (below). The deadline for registration is  March 15, 2013. 

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Mirasol Green House Homes, Loveland, CO

Mirasol Green House Homes, Loveland, CO
Operating: 0
In development: 6 Individual Homes
Square Feet per Home: 7800

Description: This Green House Project is the third Phase of a 25 acre development created by the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland.  The Green House homes occupy approximately five (5) acres of the Mirasol Senior Community and provide a continuum of housing opportunities for seniors. The Mirasol Senior Community is an “affordable” development offering apartment rentals, duplex rentals, and single family home ownership to those individuals 55+ who wish to thrive in an exciting and dynamic environment. The Green House Project completes the last piece of the housing continuum by offering a home to elders who require more assistance with their everyday lives.

The Mirasol Community residents are supported by a centrally located Event Center offering programs and services to all subscribing residents. The Event Center provides an exercise room and physical conditioning classes, a coffee bistro with continental breakfast, life enhancing seminars through various senior service organizations, a computer/copier/fax center, a small conference room, and a hair styling salon. Additional senior programming provided to the residents includes a variety of social events, special day trips and outings, transportation for shopping and medical appointments, and a full time staff available to assist any senior resident with life’s challenges.

Organization History
As the developer of Mirasol, the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland has created a strong partnership with Vivage Quality Health Partner, a nationally-recognized long-term care management company with a 32-year history of successfully managing elder care homes in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest areas. With the Housing Authority’s extensive experience constructing and managing over 1200 affordable housing units and Vivage’s commitment to The Green House principals of care, The Green House homes on the Mirasol Senior Campus become an integrated part of the Community’s mission and elder housing.

Consisting of six (6) Green House homes, each with 10 bedrooms, the Mirasol Green House homes provide over 46,800 total square feet of living space. The resident elders enjoy the comfort of the latest in energy conservation technologies and environmentally clean air as each home has been designed to incorporate some of the most advanced products available in today’s market.  Additionally, the Mirasol campus provides a comforting environment for elders with a significant amount of outdoor space and access to over two miles of wheel chair accessible trails.

 The partnership with Vivage not only guarantees the elders an incredible living space, but ensures their care will be provided by some of the most dedicated and committed staff members in the country. The Vivage staff has adopted the concept of The Green House principals and provides management and staffing to more than 1,800 elders throughout the Rocky Mountain States. Their senior staff is highly engaged with other professionals throughout the United States and continuously works toward enhancing the care and programs offered to elders. Key to the success of Mirasol Green House plan is the Vivage staff constantly evaluating their work to improve and supported by an extensive training and career development program. The Vivage staff “integrates” into each home and provides both physical and mental support to their elders.

Financing for the development of this “affordable” Green House Project requires a variety of public and private resources. The underlining financial instrument is New Market Tax Credits offered through the Internal Revenue Service as a means to encourage a combination of residential and commercial/institutional development. But in order to provide for delivery of “affordable” care, a strong partnership needs to be created matching public grants from the State of Colorado, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, and the City of Loveland with private philanthropic funds available from corporate sponsorships committed to providing Green House modeled care. It is only through this combination of funding sources that the Housing Authority is able to offer such high quality affordable housing and services to the most deserving members of our community and deliver on our mission – “To provide quality care, compassionately respectfully, for individuals living in our homes. We are dedicated to working together with them, their families, our communities, and our staff, to provide a nurturing environment.”

For More Information About the Mirasol Green House Homes & Senior Community:

Moofie Miller, Director of Housing
(970) 635-5935
mmill@lovelandhsg.org
The Housing Authority of the City of Loveland
Loveland, Colorado 80538

It's a Wonderful Life, at The Green House Project

This holiday season, we reflect on the power of creating real homes, meaningful lives and empowerment for those who live and work in Green House homes.

We are gratified to know that in 32 states across the country, a Green House home, is an option for our loved ones. This past year, Green House homes in Maryland, Ohio, Wyoming, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Alabama opened their doors; and in 2013, through remarkable partnership, our first Green House homes will open in Virginia, and California!   We will continue to work tirelessly toward our mission to make this model available to elders in every community.
 
To create a real and sacred elderhood, we must continue to build relationships to help us meet our vision.  We are grateful to our partners in policy, regulations, and research, as well as providers, consumers and advocates who have supported us to achieve remarkable firsts.  This year, our first community based Green House homes opened in Rochester, NY, moving us closer to the dream of enabling people to age with dignity in their own community.  Also, the first grassroots Green House homesopened in Sheridan, Wyoming, proving that a small group of determined people really can change the world.  We are honored to serve the heroes of our country by partnering with the Veteran’s Administration to create Green House homes. By building on the common ground, of creating a better world for elders, we can accomplish great things.   

 

Next year marks 10 years since the very first Green House home opened in Tupelo, MS.  We celebrate the impact that has been made over the last decade, and how this movement is positioned to change the future of aging.   

Thank you for your continued support and involvement to make this vision a reality. 

 

Please explore our website, ‘like’ us on Facebook, download our “GHP” app for iPad, and continue to lend your voice and your heart to the pursuit of bringing real home, meaningful lives and empowered staff to nursing homes everywhere.  

With sincere gratitude,
THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Family

The Green House ® Residences at Brooks Rehabilitation

The Green House ® Residences

Jacksonville, FL

Operating: 0; In development: 2; Square Feet per Home: 8000

Brooks Rehabilitation, a non-profit health system serving the North East Florida region for over 35 years, is proud to announce the development of two 12-person Green House homes to add to its existing continuum of healthcare services.  Brooks Rehabilitation currently consists of the nation’s busiest freestanding Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), 26 outpatient clinics, one of the region’s largest Home Healthcare Agencies, a 68-bed five-star rated Skilled Nursing Facility, a 100-bed Skilled Nursing Facility (under development), a 61-unit Assisted Living Facility (under development) and a Clinical Research center.

The Green House ® Residences at Brooks Rehabilitation will provide specialized care to individuals with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia-Related Disorders.  The homes will be licensed with the Extended Congregate Care – Assisted Living Facility license which will allow Brooks to provide a high level of personalized care to each of the elders. Each home will be centered on creating a community that supports the most positive elderhood and work life possible, and will embody the Brooks core values of teamwork, integrity, service, accountability, innovation and excellence at every level.

To learn more about The Green House® Residences visit:

http://www.bartramlakes.org/

Sponsoring Organization Mission

To advance the health and well-being of persons requiring rehabilitation through superior outcomes, service, education and research

To learn more about Brooks Rehabilitation, visit:

http://www.brookshealth.org/ or http://www.brooksrehab.org/

Contact

Danielle McGrath
Director of Marketing for Aging Services
Danielle.Mcgrath@Brooksrehab.org
1-855-306-3387
(Toll Free)

Green House Model Overview Webinar: January 15, 2013

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.

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AARP Features Bill Thomas as Influential Person Over 50

Make sure you get a copy of the December issue of The Magazine from AARP to see Dr. Bill Thomas recognized as one of the most influential people in America over 50 who are “Changing Our Views on Aging”.

Congratulations Bill! We’re so happy you’re “old” enough to receive this distinguished recognition from AARP.

Green House Model Overview Webinar: February 12, 2013

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.

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Workshop: Chelsea, MA, February 5-6, 2013

The Green House Model Workshop is an opportunity to spend time in an open and operating Green House site, learning the fundamentals of the model. The Green House workshops describe the key components of the model, including the foundational philosophy, the architectural characteristics of Green House homes, and the organizational redesign. The presentation will include an update on the progress of The Green House Project, including tools for adopters and Green House Project research outcomes. The workshop includes a visit to the homes and discussions with the host Green House project team.

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.
•Visit an open Green House Home and converse with those living and working there

•Review and Discuss Questions regarding The Green House Model.

Continuing Education Credits are available for Nursing Home Administrators

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