Green House Blog

A New Chapter Begins

When Mississippi Methodist Senior Services opened the first Green House homes in Tupelo, Miss., back in 2003, we really believed that they would be game changers in the field of aging services. But we had no idea at the time that some 15 years later, the movement to deinstitutionalize nursing homes and humanize care for elders would sweep the globe. With some 284 […]

Let’s Keep It Real!

A neighbor of mine, recently diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, has shared with me that he hardly ever leaves his house anymore, because he doesn’t want anyone to know his situation.  How heartbreaking this is for him and illustrates the powerful stigma that is associated with dementia.  This is a man who developed […]

GHP’s Wiegand Serves as Juror in Design for Aging Competition

The Green House Project’s very own Deborah Wiegand recently served as a judge in the 2019 Environments for Aging (EFA) Design Showcase competition. She and 16 other jurors gathered in Dallas in mid-January to review and evaluate 44 submissions from all over the countr This was the first year that someone from The Green House […]

The Awfulness of the National Institute on Aging’s ECT Study

I was deeply distressed to learn that the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is sponsoring a trial for the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for people living with dementia (PLWD) who exhibit severe aggression and agitation. Not only that, according to a press release on the website of one of the participating organizations, the study […]

Green House Represents at Pioneer Network Conference

The Green House Project showed up in a big way this year at the Pioneer Network annual conference in Denver, Colo., where senior leaders presented three breakout sessions and a tour of the local Green House homes was sold out. Green House Senior Director Susan Ryan teamed up with Lisa Czolowski, CEO at Hover Community […]

Ryan Addresses International Alzheimer’s Conference

Being seen goes deeper than recognizing the visible attributes of a person. When a person is truly seen their inner complexities shine and all labels associated with them (such as Alzheimer’s disease) are shed. Their preferences in everyday life are understood and their uniqueness is honored. This was the message that Susan Ryan, The Green House […]

St. John’s Selects Vice President of Skilled Services: Nate Sweeney

The Green House Project Team congratulates Nate Sweeney on his new position with St. John’s! Rochester, NY via The Post Aug 22, 2018 St. John’s recently announced that Nate Sweeney joined its team as vice president of skilled services. Sweeney is bringing 17 years of experience in the health care industry, with nearly a decade spent […]

Loveland Housing Authority Fundraising Gala Kick-off Event Has A Surprise Ending from Mother Nature!

I had the pleasure of attending Mirasol’s Gala fund raising kick-off event in late June. The Loveland Housing Authority has decided to build two additional Green House homes by raising money through an aggressive capital campaign. Invitees included influential members of the Loveland community. They had already received a generous contribution of $100K from one […]

Breakthrough Skilled Nursing Facility Opening In Central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (PRWEB) JUNE 28, 2018 The Green House® Cottages of Poplar Grove (https://poplargrove.care/) announced today the planned Fall 2018 opening of the their long term and rehabilitative care facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Poplar Grove is the first facility in Central Arkansas based on the Green House® model of care. (thegreenhouseproject.org) “Poplar Grove is […]

Resthaven Breaks Ground for Second Green House Home

“The Green House helps give us tangible ways to live out our mission in the way we give care” – Deedre Vriesman, Resthaven CEO. On June 25, Resthaven team members celebrated the groundbreaking of their second Green House home, officially kicking off development of the Janssen Cottage.  In 2007 the Boersma Cottage opened at Resthaven […]

Picture Perfect Day in Longmont, Colorado to Break Ground for Four Green House Homes

Hover Senior Living Community will soon be the site of Green House homes for 48 elders.  In late May, the weather cooperated in providing a beautiful backdrop for the groundbreaking ceremony. The planning for these homes began five years ago and Hover President, Lisa Czolowski credited the community‘s volunteer board of directors for their dedication, saying, […]

The First Green House Homes Turn 15 Years Old

“For thousands of years, elders have been held in high esteem and involved in the community,” says Steve McAlilly, CEO of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services. As the world shifted and the role of elders changed, Steve sought a way to bring them back to a place of reverence and respect. 15 years ago, Steve courageously […]