“Journey to the Heartland” was the theme for the 2014 Pioneer Network Conference held last month, and many indeed made the journey! Over 1,200 people made the trip to Kansas City for a chance to network and learn with others who are deeply committed to the cultural transformation of long term care. The Green House Project is a true trailblazer in this movement and we are strong supporters of the conference. Green House team members, David Farrell and Susan Frazier were presenters at two different sessions during this national event.
Nurses have a critical role to play in supporting deep transformation within aging services.
“Nurses Building Relationships for Organizational Transformation” was a session co-led by Susan and former Green House team member, Anna Ortigara who is now with PHI. Both Susan and Anna are nurses and can speak first-hand about nurses engaged in culture change. The session discussed the need to build effective communication strategies that will engage both the Elders and direct care staff members. The discussion also explored how nurses as leaders, partners, gerontological specialists and teachers are faced with many more opportunities to enhance quality of life and quality of care. The Green House model is designed to support Clinical Support Team Members, which includes nurses, in developing partnerships with individuals and self-managed work teams.
“THE GREEN HOUSE Model –Delivering Quality of Life and Bottom Line Results” was the special research session delivered by David to attendees. He confronted the myth that The Green House model is not viable—with over 150 Green House homes operating in 25 states, the innovators who adopted the model are happy with their consumer satisfaction and their bottom lines. David shared data from operating Green House homes that demonstrates an excellent return on their investment, and their decision to build even more Green House homes. He told the group that Green House homes are delivering the results that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in health care reform are looking for today.