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Chief Experience Officer, New Position Created to Support Person-Directed Care

The Green House model is a radical transformation of traditional long term care.  As a national initiative, Green House adopters are continuously innovating, taking this already proven model to new heights.  The New Jewish Home (formerly, Jewish Home Lifecare), has named veteran eldercare executive Tammy L. Marshall its first Chief Experience Officer, to support a deep and sustained culture change. Ms. Marshall was previously the organization’s Director of Green House Education.

tammy_marshall_headshot2016_preferredIn this newly created position, Ms. Marshall is responsible for leading efforts to create the best possible experience for everyone whom the organization touches.  Ms. Marshall’s chief responsibility will be to ensure that the central tenet of The Green House model—that power resides with the elder and those working closest to them– permeates all facets of the organization.  Building relationships and new kinds of connections between staff members and residents, will be a critical part of Ms. Marshall’s job.

Said Audrey Weiner, President and CEO, The New Jewish Home: “There is no one better qualified to become our first chief experience officer than Tammy Marshall. She brings to the job not only the technical skills and the experience required, but also an unparalleled commitment to the humanity that underlies The Green House model and person-directed care. She is an unrepentant evangelist for the right of elders and those who care for them to live fully realized lives in which their wishes and their contributions are uniquely valued.”

To be called The Living Center of Manhattan, the 20-story structure will be New York City’s first Green House residence and the first to be built in a major urban environment. In keeping with The New Jewish Home’s focus on putting a persons’ wishes first, several of The Living Center’s 22 individual Green House households will be kosher and, in another first for New York City, at least one will be all-LGBTQ, although LGTBQ residents will be welcome in every household.

It has been said that culture change is a journey without a destination, and The New Jewish Home is helping to shape the changing landscape of aging in society.  For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.

 

Building for the Future: Jewish Senior Life Breaks Ground for Nine Green House Homes

Redefining Home.  Revolutionizing Care.  That was the message from Jewish Senior Life officials as they broke ground for their new Green House homes on June 16, 2016. The well attended event included elders, employees, donors and many members of the press.  susan addresses crowd_web pagesSenior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was one of the speakers for the event and shared her heartfelt congratulations to all who had helped Jewish Senior Life in this special journey.

The Green House homes are part of an $83 million master plan that will also include making major renovations in their main building, the Jewish Home of Rochester.  JSL-RenderingThe nine Green House homes will be part of three buildings – each of the three floors in a building will be a home for 12 elders.  The homes are slated for completion by the end of  2017.

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“At Jewish Senior Life we care for more than 2,000 people each year. The transformation of our campus positions our organization to serve the community with the most comprehensive offering through our complete continuum of care, programs and services,” said Mike King, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “By transforming the traditional institutional model and building upon our long legacy of person-centered care, we will provide a more enriching, engaging environment centered on each individual’s preferences.”

floor plan_webRenovation of the existing Jewish Home will incorporate a small home model, aligning with the Green House Core Values and Practices, featuring all private rooms and bathrooms for long-term care elders.

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Those who attended the groundbreaking event had a chance to see what the homes will look like when finished.  Large vinyl banners created walls within the tented area clearly giving guests that opportunity to see what the rooms will look like including a floor design of a bedroom.

 

Interested in learning more?  Click here to connect to a special web page they have created that also includes a video program!

Click here for the official press release.

The New Jewish Home Celebrates 2016 Graduates of Innovative “Geriatric Career Development” Program

Last week, The New Jewish Home in New York City celebrated the Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program’s class of 2016!

Photo Credit: The New Jewish Home
GCD students from Class of 2016.

 

The GCD program was launched in 2006 to train and support at-risk high school students from underserved areas get their academic careers back on track while building a knowledge base for positions in healthcare.  A sister program trains young adults 18-24 who are underemployed and out of school to become Home Health Aides.

This year’s GCD class—the largest in the 10-year-old program’s history—is 59% Hispanic/Latino, 28% African-American and Caribbean, and 13% Asian and Pacific Islander, a diversity that reflects The New Jewish Home’s location in one of the most ethnically rich cities in the country. Of the 75 graduates, 99% will start college in the fall having earned scholarships worth more than $1,200,000. Many plan to major in Biology, Nursing, Pre-Med and other subjects that will prepare them for professional lives in healthcare.

High school students engage in a three year work study program at The New Jewish Home Bronx and Manhattan campuses where they become immersed in a long-term care setting shadowing staff, providing care (making hospital beds, transporting elders, taking vital signs), and building relationships through meaningful engagement with elders. This year’s class has spent more than 8,000 hours with The New Jewish Home’s elders.  In addition, the program provides internships, professional mentors, professional development, career coaches, and college-readiness assistance.

Participants aim to complete the program with various allied healthcare certifications including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides, Phlebotomy Technicians, Electrocardiography Technicians, Patient Care Technicians, and Medical Coding & Billing Specialists.  The certifications offer both additional learning and a way for students to earn money to help support their college education. This year’s graduates have earned more than 80 certifications.

Since the GCD program began in 2006, over 500 students have graduated. Of those, 98% graduated high school or earned an equivalency diploma and 91% have either enrolled or graduated from a post secondary program or are fully employed.

GCD students from Class of 2016 on college road trip.  Photo Credit: The New Jewish Home
GCD students from Class of 2016 on college road trip – organized and paid for by The New Jewish Home.

What is most remarkable about GCD, however, are the relationships formed between the students and The New Jewish Home’s elders.  Every student is paired with an elder who serves as a guide, mentor, and friend throughout the student’s GCD journey.  The bonds that form as a result are incredible. One GCD graduate wrote, “My mentor, Robert, was like a grandfather to me…[offering] insight on his own personal life.”

This innovative program enhances the lives of elders and students through deep-knowing relationships and is shaping the next generation of high quality, person-centered healthcare professionals.

Congratulations to the class of 2016!

 

 

Photo Credit: The New Jewish Home 

The New Jewish Home, one of the country’s largest and most diversified not-for-profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, is building The Living Center of Manhattan, New York City’s first Green House residence and the first Green House high-rise in a major urban center; creating the first Green House legacy project, seven Green House-based Small Houses at the organization’s Westchester campus; and training its 3,500 team members in the core Green House values of “meaningful life,” “real home” and “empowered staff.” 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for 12 Green House Homes at John Knox Village in Florida – A Special Celebration!

Grand opening festivities took place in late May and included Elders, staff, aging services professionals along with a host of local and state officials.   JKV Ribbon Cutting_grand opening_may 26 2016This $34 million project was truly the result of elders voicing their desire to see Green House homes on their campus that serves 900 John Knox residents in Pompano Beach, Florida.  “The Woodlands is the first Green House to be initiated by resident involvement,” said Nancy Lee Matthews, one of several John Knox Village residents sharing input when the project was being planned. “It was us, the residents, who initially researched The Green House and presented the information to administration and the board of directors.”

gerry at podiumPresident and CEO of John Knox Village, Gerry Stryker, welcomed those attending the event and definitely agrees that residents were a critical link in the project.  “This is an incredibly emotional and fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we celebrate the culmination of our vision – to change the face of care and rehabilitation services in South Florida.  JKV kids with susan and dr bill Gerry May 26 2016Our residents’ dedication and determination has fostered an incredible sense of community – a home where families and elders will come together and set a new progressive standard for healing as set forth in The Green House Project model.”

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The Woodlands is a total of 7 floors…the main floor has a common area and the remaining six floors each have two Green House homes with 12 privateExterior of new JKV with 12 homes May 26 2016 bedrooms and bathrooms surrounding a hearth area, open kitchen and dining area.  Four of the homes will be dedicated to short term rehabilitation.

Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was asked to spend additional time on campus to meet with medical professionals and Elders to share her insight into the Green House model.  She met with susan with doctors at JKV may 25 pic 2physicians involved with care at John Knox Village, specifically those with Elders who will be receiving rehabilitation services in the homes. She also met with Sages that will be working in the homes.  Sages act as an advisor and facilitator for the Shahbazim, the self-managed work team.  In addition to Susan, Green House Project Guide, Debbie Wiegand met with the2016 Sages at JKV May 2016 group to answer questions and share their appreciation for the work they will do in the homes.
A Sage is a volunteer and someone that has demonstrated wisdom and good communication skills. We are grateful for the work they will perform and wish them much success in the days and months ahead!

jkv fireplace hearth areaThe Woodlands at John Knox Village was designed by RDG Planning & Design (Architects John Birge, Scott Pfeifer and Kevin Ruff). The Weitz Company served as the construction manager, and William Gallo, of Gallo Herbert Architects, worked with John Knox Village asjkv chair interior shot may 26 2016_flipped the Owner’s Authorization Representative.

Click here to read more about The Woodlands.

Cottages of Lake St. Louis to be First Green House Homes in Missouri!

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For Immediate Release

www.cottageslsl.com

Coming to Lake St. Louis late 2016! A whole new approach to Short Term Rehabilitation and innovative Skilled Nursing. We are Skilled Nursing, differently. Cottages of Lake St Louis will be built to resemble a traditional residential neighborhood.  A home away from home.

THE GREEN HOUSE® Project has spent over a decade creating a new vision for the future of elder care. The Green House model delivers better outcomes than traditional nursing homes. And by creating a real home environment and providing elders with dignity, autonomy and choice, Green House homes provide people with the best quality of life possible. The Green House model delivers high quality care. Close relationships with elders means that health issues are identified and treated earlier. And the calm, familiar, real home atmosphere in Green House homes improves the well being and functioning of elders with dementia.

Our Values include:

  • Meaningful life focused on personal choices,
    • Consistent, compassionate, highly trained and empowered staff
      • Advanced, research driven medical services in a real home.

Construction is planned for a 5.2 acre site at 2885  Technology Drive, the southeast corner of Technology Drive and Feise Commercial Drive in Lake St Louis. The Cottages will consist of 6 comfortable homes, each with a dining room, cozy family room with fireplace, den, spa and an open kitchen surrounded by 10 private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Each Cottage has a large landscaped patio with lush gardens and walking paths around the community. State of the art therapy, nursing and activities services are an integral part of our total wellness plan.

This Green House Model for those needing skilled nursing for rehabilitation or skilled long-term care  is new to the area, but has an amazing positive and proven reputation based on a decade of research. You can learn more at www.TheGreenHouseProject.org.  In our homes the schedule of  each Elder is decided by the Elder, not a calendar on the wall. Our goal is to facilitate the Elders independence and ability to pursue their interests. Elders of each home share meals at their common table where family members are also encouraged to join them. Staffing ratios are among the best in the area, allowing for maximum interaction and total care of each Elder. This model gives Elders the ability to be a part of life in the home, planning, suggesting and/or engaging in activities and meals, or, sitting and chatting with the staff while they prepare the meal in the home. Our goal is to see every Elder live each day to the fullest.

Join us in the excitement by visiting our website www.CottagesLSL.com or following us on Facebook!

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About Focused Senior Communities: The leadership team at FSC believes Skilled Care needs to change. Old “nursing home” standards don’t meet our needs anymore. FSC owns, operates and consults in the Senior Housing Industry. Our experienced team has a wealth of knowledge in Senior housing and development. We are excited and honored to bring the Green House Model of Skilled Nursing to Lake St. Louis in the Winter of 2016.

About THE GREEN HOUSE® Project: 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 and meaningful relationships between residents and care staff.