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Guest Column in Tampa Bay Times: Nursing Homes Need New Vision

via: Tampa Bay Times

Change is often a complicated process, however the results can be amazing. 

Lori Gonzalez, a research faculty member at the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University has written a guest column shared by the Tampa Bay Times expressing her desire for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to be an agency that makes a change that will have amazing results for those needing nursing homes in the future.  

As states realize that deteriorating nursing homes combined with an aging population mean that new nursing homes need to be constructed, they are faced with an option—build more of the same traditional, large nursing facilities or construct innovative homes that allow elders to live full and enriched lives.

Although Certificate of Need (CON) programs restrict the supply of new nursing home beds in 36 states, some states have lifted the moratorium on new construction as the demand has outgrown supply. For example, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration is currently reviewing CON applications and has approved the construction of 23 new nursing homes, and the expansion of 23 current nursing facilities, totaling close to 3,000 beds. The agency can approve CONs for a maximum of 3,750 beds between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017. Nine of the new construction approvals are for large facilities that plan to have 120 beds or more, while one of the approvals is for a 180 bed facility. These “new” facilities will be similar to the traditional nursing homes that have prevailed over the past 50 years, with little design change despite the persistently negative views of nursing homes by the public and the people who are most likely to need to live in one.

greenhill exteriosThere are alternatives to the traditional model. The Green House model, born out of the nursing home “culture change” movement in 2003, is one such alternative. Today, almost 200 Green Houses operate in 27 states across the country. Licensed as skilled nursing facilities, Assisted Living Facilities or adult group homes, Green Houses are groups of homes, each with 10­ – 12 elders living in each one.

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First Green House Home in Indiana Opens!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 23, 2016

NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHERS NURSING HOME

GREEN HOUSE COTTAGES OF CARMEL OPENS TRANSFORMATIVE NEW CAMPUS IN CARMEL, INDIANA

Carmel, IN – Melody DeCollo, Director of Green House Cottages of Carmel, in partnership with THE GREEN HOUSE®, is pleased to announce the arrival of their first elder, the first Green House resident in the state of Indiana.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.46.49 PMGreen House Cottages of Carmel features six homes on its Carmel, IN campus. Following The Green House model of care, each home is complete with 12 private suites, an open kitchen and dining area, hearth room, den, outdoor living area, salon, and therapy room. Staff members receive hundreds of hours of training that equip them to provide 4x more direct contact than a traditional nursing home.

“Moving in our first elder is a major milestone for us. It is exciting to see our team put their extensive training into real life practice. Everyone is ready to expand to the additional cottages that will open up over the next few weeks,” said DeCollo.

The official Grand Opening is scheduled for August, but members of the Carmel CNA-teamcommunity are already showing their support for this transformative approach to senior care. The reservation list is filling up quickly with elders and their family members who need long-term care, memory care, or rehabilitation services but want an alternative to traditional nursing homes. One mother and daughter recently recorded an interview about why they chose Green House Cottages of Carmel. See the interview at GreenHouseSeniorLiving.com/Peace.

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Green House Cottages of Carmel is Indiana’s first Green House Project location. Providing long-term care, memory care and rehabilitation services in a custom cottage that feels like home. Each cottage features private master suites, a large great room, and dining room. We proudly accept Medicare, Medicaid, private pay and other insurances. Learn more at GreenHouseSeniorLiving.com.

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Living the Good Life…How the Green House Model Supports People Living with Dementia

“Some people discover their personal mission early in life. For me, decades of life experiences and events would eventually become masterfully woven together to reveal a tapestry of passion and purpose to make life not just worth living for elders, but to actually enable them to live the good life.”  

Susan-Frazier_8924The above quote is from The Green House Project Senior Director, Susan Ryan.  It’s how she chose to open her Ted Talk style presentation at the spring conference for the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS).  Susan was one of many thought leaders sharing her personal experiences and passion for Elders and how every person should be “Living the Good Life”.  As you will see in the video below, Susan takes you on a journey that will introduce you to some special elders that touched her life and made her realize that life can be different!


 (The talk with Susan begins 39 minutes into the video)

We hope to provide a blog series in the near future entitled “Living the Good Life” based on the lives of other elders living in GH homes.

Green House Team Presents to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University Long Beach

IMG_1646Green House team members were honored to share their wisdom and insight about the Green House model on the evening of May 11th— the presentation was part of the Successful Aging Lecture Series, a program made possible through the generous donation by Lori and Don Brault.

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Green House Project Guide, Claire Lucas moderated the panel of staff from Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona, California.  A large group of interested community members were eager to learn about the model and to hear the special stories from the team members.

Andrea Tyck, Diana Marohn, Amanda Phos & Mary Jean Neault shared personal experiences working in the Green House homes.  Mary Jean was able to share her insight both as a staff member and former family member.  The audience was touched by their stories and eager to learn more about Green House homes, as evidenced by the swarm of people who stood in line to talk to staff from Mt. San Antonio Gardens after the program!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a national organization that offers widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older.  There is no academic prerequisite for admission or to participate in the classes, just a desire to learn.

California currently has two Green House Project homes in the state.  We are hopeful with California’s plans to release new “Small House Regulations” that many more will be built in the future!

Don’t We Deserve Better?

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rutakadonoff320_975427Executive Director of the Pioneer Network, and former Green House team member, Ruta Kadonoff, asks this question in light of an investigation concerning the state of South Dakota. 

 

A recent Department of Justice investigation takes the state of South Dakota to task under the Americans with Disabilities Act for high utilization of nursing homes to serve people – old and young – living with disabilities. I found the story disturbing, but not for the reasons you might think.

This wasn’t the news we have come to periodically expect when something sensational happens.  What really hit me was that the places described did not sound like bad apples.  As far as was evident, there was nothing egregious. In fact, one might say the picture painted by the DOJ is that of a pretty typical, garden-variety nursing home.

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The Green House Family Continues to Expand…This Time in Beaumont, Texas!

In late April ground was broken at Calder Woods, a Buckner Senior Living Community, on a $25.9 million expansion and remodel at their campus.  Two new skilled nursing Green House homes are part of the first phase of this project.  The homes will include 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms, open kitchen, hearth and access to the outdoors.  Construction begins in May and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The new space will also include 36 independent living garden apartments and enlarging and renovating the current assisted living area in the community.

With the construction of the homes at Calder Woods, this will be the fourth campus in the Buckner organization that will include Green House homes.

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Celebrating the groundbreaking are, from left: Jordan Lovelady, BRS manager of financial analysis and planning; former Buckner trustee Nell McCallum Morris; Pat Crump, BRS vice president for operations; Calder Woods resident Sibyl Allen; State Rep. Dade Phelan; Calder Woods resident and Buckner trustee emeritus Mack Fullbright; Albert L. Reyes, President and CEO, Buckner International; Jefferson County Judge Jeff Brannick; Port of Beaumont Commissioner Pat Anderson: Calder Woods resident and former Beaumont mayor Evelyn Lord; Charlie Wilson, BRS senior vice president; Susan Frazier Ryan, Senior Director for the Green House Project; Allison Getz, Jefferson County tax assessor/collector; and Ben Mazzara, Calder Woods executive director.