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Momentum Builds in 2016: Green House Homes Open Across the Country

home croppedMichigan can be a cold location in January for a Grand Opening of Green House homes, but it was certainly warm and welcoming on the inside!  These two homes were developed by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.  415The festivities included a number of leaders from the area, along with Elders, families, staff and members of the press.  Lela, an elder moving into one of the homes attended the special Grand Opening event with special anticipation.  She had started the countdown to her move 191 days earlier and was most excited about her new home.

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This organization is not new to culture change having been an Eden certified home for 15 years, however the opening of the skilled nursing Green House homes takes their journey to a whole new level!  They opened the first home to 10 elders on January 14th and the second will open soon once the licensing process is completed.

 

Renee Cunningham, Service Line Director of Nursing, explained that the opening and move went smoothly and that the past two months have been great.  “It went really well, better than I had expected by our both the community and residents!  Staff feel very committed to the homes, and family members often stay and have meals with their loved ones.  It’s such a warm environment”.   Renee went on to say that Lela has expressed many times that moving to the Green House home “was the best decision she’s ever made”.  Renee explained that Lela has “blossomed” in the home.

Those thoughts are echoed by team member, Dana DeRousse, “The opening of the Dana DeRousse_cropped_shahbaz_KalkaskaGreen House homes have been a phenomenal and humbling experience for me.  It doesn’t feel like I’m coming to work, more so coming into a home of myfamilymembers.  Being a Concierge CNA [their Shahbaz] is the kind of health care experience I was looking for when I first became a CNA.  It also challenges me as a person to try new things, like cooking that I really had no prior experience with.  I would highly recommend a position in a Green House home to anyone who is working as a CNA and I feel like The Green House Project is the absolute future of long term care”.

We congratulate the team at Kalkaska on their opening and look forward to many more Green House Homes opening in 2016:

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Green House Cottages of Carmel, Carmel, IN

6 Green House homes

Spring 2016

 

 

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The Woodlands, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, FL

12 Green House Homes

May 26th Grand Opening

 

 

Washington County

 

 

 

Washington County Nursing Home, Akron, CO

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

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Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

 

Clark Lindsey March 2016

 

 

Clark Lindsey, Urbana, IL

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

 

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JGS Lifecare, Longmeadow, MA

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

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Presbyterian Villages of Michigan,   Detroit, MI

2 Green House homes – 1st PACE program

Winter of 2016

Personalized Care Creates Real Homes for Elders

kiplinger_horizontalThe Green House model “goes to the idea that regardless of age people still have a chance to have a meaningful life where they can experience joy and create value,” Scott Brown, Director of Outreach, The Green House Project says.  In a recent article Kiplinger Retirement News editor, Susan Garland, visits two Green House organizations, Leonard Florence Center for Living and Eddy Village Green and shares her experience with this innovative model:

It’s a common refrain that adult children hear from their parents: “No matter what, promise that you’ll never put me in a nursing home.” These seniors obviously have not visited a Green House, a unique alternative to the traditional nursing facility.

By highlighting the comprehensive transformation that occurs when an organization implements The Green House model, Garland is able to show that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that the cornerstone of the model’s effectiveness is the deep relationships that form as a result: “In the traditional nursing home, you don’t have time to develop the relationships that you have in these homes,” says James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green. “When you have the same group of people taking care of the same group of elders, you get to know what they like and don’t like.”

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To read more stories and experiences from these Green House homes, read the full article here>>

What Could Be Better Than A Weekend In New York City Before Attending Green House Educator!

Twice a year The Green House Educator program is held at The Eddy Village Green in New York.  It’s a week long, very intense program to prepare educators from each organization to teach The Green House curricula on site and continue to meet the organizations needs for staff education and growth.Educator 2016 March 006

During the past session held earlier this month, team members from Colorado decided to seize the travel opportunity and see the big city before attending Educator.  As we often say “it’s all about relationships” and this adventure certainly provided an opportunity for a little team building!

Thanks to Libbie Schuetz, Jamie Arfsten and Amber Morgan from the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colorado for writing the blog below and sharing some fun pictures of their special weekend.  

 

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After being asked to become educators for our home we were told that the education was going to be in Albany New York.  The first thing we all thought was New York City.  We all three agreed that we would probably never get another opportunity to be so close to the city again.  So it was decided that we would leave 2 days early and fly into the city.

It was a great adventure and so much to take in, from Time Square, to the Statue of Liberty, and more.  The best part of New York City was all of the lights and people in Time Square.

first taxi rideThe biggest adventure of the trip might very well have been the taxi ride from the airport to the hotel.  It was the first time any of us had been in a taxi and wow how they drive in the city!  On Sunday we rode the mega bus to Albany.  NYC gift shopThe most accurate description that anyone in New York gave us was, in New York you walk, stand in line, and eat, which was very true.  It was a trip of a lifetime giving us great memories and the opportunity to get to know each other better.