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Redesigning the Nursing Home: How The Green House® Project is Improving the Way We Care for Older Americans

Capitol Hill Briefing

Friday, February 8, 2013
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At this briefing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will share a pilot study showing Green House homes save Medicare and Medicaid dollars, as well as new consumer research showing that the Green House model is strongly preferred by family caregivers.

As Americans age, they worry about finding a place to live happily and comfortably, that provides the care and services they need. Many nursing facilities can feel like hospitals instead of homes, but since 2002, the RWJF-funded Green House Project has pioneered a radically different approach to long-term care. Today, 264 homes are open or under development in 32 states. These Green House homes have been designed from the ground up to look and feel in every way like real homes. Research shows that elders are healthier and happier in Green House homes, which cost no more to operate than traditional nursing homes.

Speakers will include:

  • Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD, senior advisor for program development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)
  • Robert Jenkens, MSRED, managing director, Aging and Independence, NCB Capital Impact
  • David Grabowski, PhD, professor of health care policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAANP, director, Division of Nursing Homes in the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification, Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
  • Pamela Sanberg, RN, NEA-BC, MS, NHA, Green House home guide, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (invited

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