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Jewish Senior Life Celebrates the Opening of Nine Green House Cottages in Rochester, New York

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—September 25, 2017Jewish Senior Life  today announced the opening of nine new long-term care homes on its campus, a key milestone in its ongoing $83 million campus transformation project. The organization has invited residents, their families, community leaders and the media to attend the opening celebration of these new homes, which represent a model of care unmatched by any other senior care provider in the area.

“We’re setting an example of what the future of care can and should look like for our elders,” said Mike King, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “We’ve adopted this new model of care so that we can serve the community better than ever before, providing high satisfaction for our staff and an even higher quality of life for residents, as well as peace of mind for their families. Our values of honoring our mothers and fathers are woven into the fabric of our culture of Jewish Senior Life.”

Susan Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project

The opening celebration commemorates the completion of nine new long-term care homes, housed in three modern three-story buildings. These buildings, called Green House Cottages, were built in conjunction with The Green House Project, a nationally- accredited organization representing a new standard in long-term care. There are over 200 Green House communities open in the country right now, with another 100 being built. The Jewish Home will be the 3rd largest Green House community in the country.

Key features and benefits include:

Home environment: Each floor in the three new Green House Cottages is its own home, complete with a kitchen, common areas, and private suite rooms with There are three homes in each of the three Cottages, for a total of nine new homes that house 12 residents in each home.

Access to secure outdoor spaces: All three Green House Cottages have courtyards and walkways that contribute to a real sense of home and

Self-managed care teams: Specially-trained certified nursing assistants (CNAs), each one called an “Adir,” staff each home and provide a wide range of assistance, including personal care, activities, and meal preparation, as well as light housekeeping and laundry. Each home also has a nurse on duty as well as a clinical support team.

In the new Green House Cottage homes, caregivers are able to personalize their approach to best meet the unique individual needs of each resident, resulting in more meaningful lives and relationships. By enhancing their living environment and delivering a more personalized care experience, residents will now have even more choice, autonomy and control.

The opening of the Green House Cottages represents a major milestone in the total campus transformation project timeline.

 

Several additional updates are slated to be complete by Spring 2019:

  • Renovation of the existing Jewish Home tower to incorporate the home model, featuring private rooms and bathrooms for all long-term care residents;
  • Expansion of The Jewish Home of Rochester’s Transitional Care program (short-term rehabilitation) to better serve its hospital All transitional care rooms will be private rooms inside The Jewish Home. Transitional Care at The Jewish Home will be one of the largest post-acute care providers in Monroe County.

“Each part of the transformation you see here on our campus is made possible by our generous donors,” said Joel Weiss, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Jewish Senior Life Foundation. “Their support and vision ensures that we’re able to remain at the forefront of innovative person-centered care, making meaningful life a priority for years to come.”

About Jewish Senior Life:

Serving people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, Jewish Senior Life is guided by the values of honoring family and emphasizing aging in place—allowing people to remain in the place of their choice longer. Jewish Senior Life is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering all levels of care from independent living to skilled nursing care on a single campus:

  • The Summit at Brighton for independent living;
  • Wolk Manor for assisted living;
  • The Lodge at Wolk Manor for assisted living memory care;
  • The Jewish Home of Rochester for long-term, transitional, and memory care;
  • Transitional Care at the Jewish Home for short-term rehabilitation;
  • Atkin Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation;
  • Marian’s House daytime retreat for those with memory loss;
  • A variety of community programs and services such as Living Well Companion Care and Physician House Calls that enable people to age and live safely, either on campus or another place that they call

Jewish Senior Life is the only senior care provider in the Rochester area to offer Life Care, a program which eliminates worries about unforeseen care needs and medical expenses throughout the full continuum of care.

Jewish Senior Life is accredited for its high quality and customer satisfaction by CARF, and earned five out of five stars in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating. This designation is reserved for only the top ten percent of nursing home providers nationwide.

Jewish Senior Life has been named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Jewish Senior Life is a member of the Alliance for Senior Care of Greater Rochester, Leading Age, Leading Age New York, and the Association of Jewish Agency Services.

For more information, please visit www.jewishseniorlife.org.

Nursing home tragedy demands a revolution in care | Opinion

Nursing home tragedy demands a revolution in care | Opinion

by, Michael Anderson and Kennedy McGowan

Reposted from Sun Sentinal, 9/22/17

BOLD Justice, an interfaith group of 20 congregations, has been hearing tragic stories of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities for years. We write representing those congregations and the work we are doing to actively fight for a new type of skilled nursing care in Broward County.

The eight tragic deaths at the Hollywood Hills skilled nursing facility, followed by three subsequent deaths, must serve as an urgent wake-up call.

If it hasn’t been obvious to anyone who ever visited a “traditional” nursing care home, we need change. We know there is a criminal investigation into the causes of this tragedy. No matter what that investigation shows, let’s be clear — this was a system-wide failure. It would be naive to believe that this problem and the solution to it are isolated to one nursing home.

BOLD Justice has researched and found a philosophy of person-centered care being practiced around the country. One example is the Green House Model, which features pleasant home-style environments and resident-directed care. Most impressive to us were the scientific studies showing improved health and wellbeing of elders in Green Houses, as well as higher rates of satisfaction among staff and families.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-viewpoint-bold-justice-nursing-home-deaths-20170922-story.html

John Knox Village Weathered Hurricane Irma with Strength and Grace

Spirits remained high before, during and after Hurricane Irma struck the city of Pompano Beach, FL in general and The Woodlands at John Knox Village in particular.

Located in the city of Pompano Beach, Florida’s first GREEN HOUSE® Project served a total of 246 guests (residents/elders) with residents transferring from Assisted Living, along with several Independent Living residents.

Additionally, 31 spouses of residents joined their loved ones along with 24 family members and children who were also together for the storm.

Scott Pfeifer, of RDG Architects comments, “As architects, we are trained in designing environments that focus on the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants as well as the community at large.  It is fulfilling for us at RDG Planning & Design to know that we have created a building for the elders and staff at John Knox Village that support The Green House philosophy while keeping everyone safe during Hurricane Irma.  The building became a safe haven for the community, and is a testament to the collaborative efforts in planning which involved owners, architects, interior designers, engineers, construction managers,The Green House Project and Florida AHCA“.

Elders in the Woodlands were served by 97 staff/team members which included CNA’s, Shahbazim, Nurses, Housekeepers, Managers, Dining Service Staff and Floor Technicians. The total number of people in the building through the storm was 343. Nobody was turned away.

The JKV team was united in its focus on elders’ safety, so in advance of the storm staff meetings took place based on the JKV Hurricane Manual (2017) following the Emergency Management Plan Manual.

Staff Hurricane Meetings were held twice a day as the storm was approaching. The plan was executed based on:
72 Hour – Hurricane Alert
48 Hour – Hurricane Watch
36 Hour Hurricane Watch
24 Hour – Hurricane Warning

Best Practices Steps Taken Included:
• Double checking hurricane food, water supplies and medications
• Deploying Hurricane Nursing Medical Supplies
• Topping off diesel generators
• Setting up rented cots for Villa Residents and Staff
• Assigning Director or Leadership Team Members as Building Supervisors
Deploying Two-Way Radios
• Continuing Communications during and post-storm with regular meetings
• Once Power was lost, generators automatically turned on for emergency power
• Once Power was lost in Health Care Settings, temperatures were monitored and hydration rounds were consistently done.