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White House Conference on Aging: Were YOU at a “Watch Party”?

 

watch partyThe once a decade White House Conference on Aging, held on July 13th, was truly a “virtual” event!  All of the presentations and panels were live streamed—with over 700 “Watch Parties” taking place across the country.  Perhaps YOU participated in one.  10,000 Twitter users contributed to the dialogue that day letting the world know their thoughts and reactions to the speakers by using the hashtag #WHCOA.

president Obama at WHCOAPresident Obama spoke during the event noting that one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens and noted that our country’s greatest triumphs are the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.

leading AgeLeadingAge was just one organization which hosted a watch party.  They compiled their top 10 highlights from the event:

  1. A Call for Caregiver Support Systems
  2. CMS Proposed Rule: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care FacilitiesRaise Your Voice_GH twitter
  3. HHS Secretary Announces Funding for Workforce

Click here to read their entire list of highlights and details about each one!

Wedding Celebration Honors Generations

Chelsea Jewish Foundation is an innovative organization that has infused meaningful life across all of their communities.  In addition to Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, they also operate the groundbreaking Leonard Florence Center for Living that includes 10 Green House homes in a high rise structure, serving elders, short term rehabilitation and those living with MS and ALS.  

The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home’s first wedding in its 96 year history took place on Friday, July 10, 2015. Rose Stetson, a 91 year old resident, truly wanted to see her son Kevin get married and her son couldn’t imagine his mom not being present. What better place for a wedding than Rose’s home at Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home? Kevin and Sharon were married by Sharon’s father, who became a Life Minister and officiated the ceremony. The bride’s daughter, Lexie, was the maid of honor and Rose’s grandson, Tim, was the best man. All in all, it was a wonderful family affair on a beautiful July day.

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Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home first wedding with Kevin and Sharon Stetson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home resident Rose Stetson, 91, and her great-grandchildren.

CEDAR SINAI PARK TO BREAK GROUND ON $33 MILLION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

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Ceder Sinai Park (CSP) is happy to announce it will be breaking ground on a $33 million construction project focused on renovation of the Robison Jewish Health Center and its transformation into a 44-bed post-acute rehabilitation center. The project will also include the construction of two additional buildings with four homes in THE GREEN HOUSE® model – providing 12 beds each (48 total) for an improved model of long-term care.

“We commend Cedar Sinai Park for their vision to further their mission by implementing The Green House model, and their commitment to transform long term care in Oregon” said Susan Frazier, Senior Director, The Green House Project.

CSP is committed to helping people stay at home as long as possible or maintain lower levels of care and is moving forward with this project in response to community needs for post-hospital sub-acute care rehabilitation services to facilitate returning home after a medical event such as a hip replacement or surgery.

Four new homes will be part of the Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center, focused on providing state-of-the-art long-term care in the model of Green House homes across the country. These homes will emphasize quality-of-life; person-directed care which results in improved healthcare outcomes for residents who can no longer remain at home due to conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

On Wednesday, July 15th, we will officially break ground on the new center. The groundbreaking will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the corner of SW 62nd Avenue and Boundary Street, and will include remarks from CSP and community leaders.

“We are pleased to see this dynamic construction project begin. It is important to Cedar Sinai Park and the entire community that we develop a 21st century service capacity that is both beautiful and able to meet changing healthcare demands,” said Jim Winkler, Capital Campaign Chair.

“Cedar Sinai Park is proud to be working with LRS Architects and R&H Construction on this project” according to David Fuks, CSP Chief Executive Officer. “These two firms represent the highest quality teams and we are glad to be teaming with them on this very important work.”

The Green House Project is a radically new, national model for skilled-nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self-contained homes organized to deliver individualized care, meaningful relationships and better direct care jobs through a self-managed team of direct care staff working in cross-trained roles. Green House homes meet all state and federal regulatory and reimbursement criteria for skilled-nursing facilities.

About Cedar Sinai Park: Cedar Sinai Park provides residential and community-based care to elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence, and dignity in a manner and in an environment based on Jewish values. A nonprofit organization, we are committed to delivering a broad-based continuum of care that can be tailored to individuals’ unique needs. Our services include independent and assisted living (Rose Schnitzer Manor), nursing home care (Robison Jewish Health Center), daily respite care (Adult Day Services), affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities (Rose Schnitzer Tower, Lexington Apartments, Park Tower Apartments, The 1200 Building), in-home care (Sinai In-Home Care), a collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service), and affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults (Kehillah).

St. John’s, Delivering the Highest Quality at the Best Cost

Rebecca Priest engages with elders at the Penfield Green House homes
Rebecca Priest engages with elders at the Penfield Green House homes

Rebecca Priest, Chief Operating Officer, and Jim Clark, Chief Financial Officer, of St. John’s homes in Rochester, NY share their Green House journey through the lens of delivering financial success to their organization and value to their customer. In the webinar St. John’s Journey: Providing the Best Quality of Care at the Lowest Operating Cost, Rebecca and Jim encourage listeners to “rethink all that you think you know” in order to provide the most incredible, elder engaged service at the best value in Green House homes.

Jim Clark, VP and CFO identifies that financial stability “is the side effect of doing things right.” Specifically, elder growth and well-being through positive clinical outcomes in addition to successful employees through retention and labor costs results in financial stability in two forms; revenue and predictability.

Listen to the webinar here: http://impact.adobeconnect.com/p93l2594uu2/

Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence

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Contact: Mary Lynn Spalding                                                                                   

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Christian Care Communities

(502) 254-4242 or cell (502) 609-4690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence

New $13.5 Million Green House® Community Creates Small Cottages of Care Revolutionizes Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing for Older Adults

(MIDWAY, KENTUCKY (JUNE 25, 2015) – Christian Care Communities today opened the doors to Kentucky’s first Green House® Residence – The Homeplace at Midway – that revolutionizes assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care for older adults. Public officials, community and business leaders joined with Christian Care for the ribbon cutting celebration, signaling the opening of the new $13.5 million Green House® community at 101 Sexton Way, across from Midway College.

“The Homeplace at Midway represents a new beginning for older adults in Kentucky and for communities across the Commonwealth to embrace them as living treasures, not a burden or a challenge,” said Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Midway, Midway Nursing Home Task Force, Midway College, state and local government agencies, our capital campaign’s Leadership Council and all our friends and supporters who championed this new direction and envisioned with us a new day when older adults would receive the highest quality care and support, without feeling their lives are being disrupted or overtaken. We trust that it will inspire other senior living providers to move in a similar direction.”

“States, families and communities are being challenged to find better ways of providing for the needs of elders, and The Homeplace, with its emphasis on home, shows how care can be made more loving, community centered and effective,” said William Thomas, M.D., founder of The Green House® model, who was among the many special guests participating in the ribbon cutting celebration.

Person-Centered Cottages of Care
The new 31-acre Christian Care Green House® community offers a comprehensive continuum of care with a 12-person assisted living cottage for those who need periodic assistance with daily living activities; a 12-person memory care/personal care cottage for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive impairments; and two skilled nursing cottages for 23 individuals with short-term rehabilitation or long-term care needs. In addition, The Homeplace at Midway includes an administrative cottage and the Lucy Simms Lloyd Gathering House for special gatherings, worship services and activities.

“In our Green House® cottages, each resident will have a private bedroom and bath and share, just as people do in any home, the kitchen, living room, den and porch areas,” said Dr. Knapp. “It’s all designed to give residents the freedom to set their own daily routines and to live life to its fullest, while receiving the individual care they need – within each cottage.”

As the community grows, Christian Care Communities plans to add independent living garden homes and an Adult Day Center program to complement the resident cottages.

The Green House® Difference
“The Green House® approach strengthens our ability to honor older adults by creatively fostering their inclusion – their meaningful participation – in the very communities they helped shape,” said Dr. Knapp, who noted that empirical evidence is mounting to support the effectiveness of the Green House® model on several fronts. “Clinical outcomes improve dramatically, resident and family satisfaction rise exponentially and staff turnover drops by leaps and bounds.”

About Christian Care Communities
Headquartered in Louisville, Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired, non-profit provider of senior living communities and long-term care for older adults. In addition to Midway, its communities, services and programs for older adults are located in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Nicholasville, Owensboro and Taylorsville.
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THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT REPRESENTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 10, 2015

 Contact: Rachel McLean, rmclean@capitalimpact.org, 703-850-1897

Kavan Peterson, kavanpeterson@gmail.com, 206-305-2798

 

THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT REPRESENTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING

Innovative Model for Elder Care Receives Attention from National Leadership

Arlington, VA: The Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging.  The objective of the conference, which happens only once every 10 years, is to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans, and to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.

Since 2003, Green House homes have gone beyond simply providing quality medical care to elders: they’ve offered an environment and support system that enables each person to retain their individuality, and to live in a real home.

Nora Super, executive director at the White House Conference on Aging, recently visited the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Massachusetts and video footage from this visit will be shown during the event.  This conference will draw greater attention to the model that is changing the face of elder care throughout the country.

“We live in an exciting era of growth and change in which outdated models of long term care are, at long last, being disrupted and replaced,” said Bill Thomas, geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project, who will attend the conference. “I am delighted that the White House Conference on Aging will be bringing well deserved attention to how we’re helping America reimagine care and caregiving in the 21st Century.”

Green House homes, which serve only 10-12 elders at a time, have private rooms and baths and a common, open kitchen. Supportive and versatile caregivers deliver outstanding care and engage in deep knowing relationships with elders. By comprehensively transforming the architecture, organizational design and philosophy of care, the model provides elders with high quality health care and a high quality of life that far exceeds the experience in traditional nursing homes.

In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped pioneer the first Green House home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Today, more than 180 Green House homes are in existence in 28 states across the country, and more than 150 are in development.

Not only are Green House homes rising in popularity, they have been shown to reduce costs of care and treatment and offer a solution to delivering higher quality care at a competitive cost in the U.S.

“The Green House model is based in the belief that all people deserve to live their whole life to its fullest,” said Susan Frazier, senior director of The Green House Project. “With a decade of proven success, we are at a tipping point for the growth of this model and see the power that real home has on the health and wellbeing of elders and those who love them.”

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The Green House Project

A partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Capital Impact Partners and the Center for Growing and Becoming, The Green House Project provides consulting, organizational development services,  and ongoing support to providers and local organizations to support the development and operation of Green House homes across the country. To date, more than 180 Green Home homes are in operation.