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Electric Energy Takes Green House Adopters Beyond Better!

The energy is always electric when Green House adopters are together. “As a national initiative, amazing things happen when so many changemakers are in the same room,”  shares Senior Director, Susan Ryan, “The opportunity for rich discussion, relationship building and thoughtful questions is irreplaceable. ”   That was certainly the case as over 250 Green House adopters gathered at The 2016 Green House Annual Meeting—Beyond Better.tshirt-shot_web

visit to Green HillHosted in New Jersey, attendees were able to visit two open Green House homes, Morris Hall Meadows and Green Hill.  Representing 30 states and over 200 open homes, the growing Peer Network is one of the greatest values of participating in this initiative.  Green House stakeholder, John Grace, said, “It was nice to attend an intimate gathering where “practical application” is the theme of the day.”

Pre-Conference workshops provided role specific opportunities to explore areas that research proves are vital to the sustainability and success of the model, such as coaching and empowerment.  Senior executives joined President of Center for Innovation, Inc., the sponsor of The Green House Project,  Scott Townsley, to discuss the strategic trends impacting healthcare, and how The Green House model must continue to evolve in order to lead the way to a better tomorrow.

Marc Middleton, CEO of Growing Bolder, opened the meeting with an inspiring message that what the mind believes, the body embraces, and a call to belimarc-middleton_webeve in the potential of elders!  This multimedia presentation thoroughly dismantled the myths of aging, and set a tone of possibility for the rest of the meeting.

With breakout sessions focused on key operational topics like convivium, spirituality, team building and hiring, adopters left the conference with a full ‘toolbox’ of new skills and ideas to eni-am-green-house_webhance their homes and organizations.  An original spoken word piece, called, “I Am Green House”, brought the crowd to their feet, as a shahbaz, a nurse, a family member and an elder shared what it really means to live this movement everyday.

This year, intensive sessions were offered as opportunities to take a  deep dive in areas of dementia, coaching leadership and bringing Green House values into the legacy home.   Hot topics, real discussion, and an impetus to keep wali_question_webgrowing, resonated throughout the conference. The “Inner Circle” was a unique networking space for attendees to meet their peers and help to co-create the future.  Reciprocity of active learning and shared experience is making a difference and changing the world.

Sustainability is crucial in the work that we do, and a quality benchmarking resource was presented to attendees with a tangible charge to never stop improving.  Exciting results are being discovered as the evidence-base for The Green House model grows.

The conference closed with Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism advocate and author of This Chair Rocks, an Manifesto Against Ageism, sending a passionate appeal to fight ageism in all its forms.  With humor and personal stories, Ashton served as the perfect way to end the conference feeling challenged and  inspired.

susan-speaking_web“THE POWER OF THE MOVEMENT IS YOU!” says, Susan Ryan, to an empowered audience of Green House adopters.  The national initiative is able to push the envelope of what is possible because of the innovative and excellent work of Green House adopters and those stakeholders who are changing what it means to age.

Next year marks the 10th Annual Green House Meeting.  Held in Florida, with host site, John Knox Village, this meeting continues to grow in meaning and scope, as Green House adopters truly go, Beyond Better!

 

The Ribbon is Cut for Green House Rehabilitation Homes in Western Massachusetts

Building Committee Chairs Frank Colaccino and Jeff Grodsky unveil the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.
Building Committee Chairs Frank Colaccino and Jeff Grodsky unveil the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.

An estimated 200 people attended the ceremony November 3rd to officially cut the ribbon on the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation!  JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow, MA has been working hard to develop the two Green House homes for short-term rehabilitation which are expected to open in December.

Among those attending included Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.  A number of JGS board members and staff were also on hand for the celebration.

Frankel family members Joely, Donna, and Seymour ceremoniously cut the ribbon dedicating Michael’s Café and the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. Michael’s Café is named in honor of the late Michael Frankel, a past JGS Lifecare Board Chair.
Frankel family members Joely, Donna, and Seymour ceremoniously cut the ribbon dedicating Michael’s Café and the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. Michael’s Café is named in honor of the late Michael Frankel, a past JGS Lifecare Board Chair.
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, director of Spiritual Life, JGS Lifecare, Elaine and Dr. Frederic Brownstein affix a mezuzah at the entry of the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. A mezuzah contains a Hebrew verse from Torah, reminding us that home is a sacred place.
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, director of Spiritual Life, JGS Lifecare, Elaine and Dr. Frederic Brownstein affix a mezuzah at the entry of the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. A mezuzah contains a Hebrew verse from Torah, reminding us that home is a sacred place.

Each home will provide rehabilitation for 12 people and are the first Green House rehab homes in western Massachusetts.  Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan, congratulated the team at JGS Lifecare and officially welcomed them to the Green House family.

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