Last month, The Green House Project helped sponsor the Long Term Care Community Coalition’s Sixth Annual Reception which honored the life and work of Mary Jane Koren, M.D., M.P.H. at the Alzheimer’s Association chapter in New York City. Dr. Koren’s experience includes her work as Vice President for LTC Quality Improvement at The Commonwealth Fund and her position as past chair of Advancing Excellence: Long-Term Care Collaborative.
During her acceptance speech, Dr. Koren shared that, “…between 1950 and 2050, there will be a 10-fold increase in the percent of the population over 85, which is exactly the age cohort most dependent on long-term care services and supports.” She argued that the best way to address this need is to move away from a model that “…puts institutional priorities ahead of resident choice…” and instead follow Dr. Bill Thomas’ lead in creating long-term care models that alleviate loneliness, helplessness and boredom. She shared with the audience that, “Bill Thomas’ philosophy, even at that early stage was, for me an epiphany. I suddenly ‘got’ OBRA’87 in a way I never had before.”
You can read Dr. Koren’s full speech here.
Congratulations to Dr. Koren for her work as a thought leader and innovator in the aging field! We appreciate the work you have done to make the Green House model a reality for so many elders nationwide.
Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked to change the way elders live in long term care. Currently, there are 153 open and operating Green House homes 25 states with many more in development. In fact there are 24 more homes scheduled to open in 2014, and we are gaining momentum. Because of these innovations, over 1550 elders are able to live, grow and thrive in real home environments where they are able to give and receive the care that they need.
In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we reached out to 10 thought leaders in the field of aging, and asked them to share their perspective on the impact that The Green House model has made on aging and long term care. Below you will see the support that they voiced for this model, and the work that has been done to move the field forward.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this strong statement that Aging and Long-Term Care can be different.
- Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Audrey Weiner, DSW, MPH, President and CEO, Jewish Home Lifecare in New York
- Larry Minnix, President and CEO, LeadingAge
- Vivian Vasallo, Vice President Housing Impact Program, AARP Foundation
- Carol Shockley, Director of the Office of Long Term Care, Medical Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services
- Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA/NCAL
- Dr. Judah Ronch, PhD, Dean and Professor, Erickson School of Aging at University of Maryland Baltimore County
- Meg LaPorte, Managing Editor, Provider Magazine
- Patrick Sullivan, Director, James A. Lovell Federal Health Center
- Mary Jane Koren, MD, MPH, Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund