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A Veteran’s Reflections on Veteran’s Day

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.

A Veteran's Reflections on Veteran's Day

Veteran Randy Cook, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during dedication ceremony on 10/21/11 for the first two houses being built at VA Illiana Health Care System. These are the first two houses VA has built with other VA’s in the process.

Randy Cook, a veteran who will be moving into Freedom House on 11/29/11, at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, served in the Army from 1976-96. He was a Sgt in the army, and he served our county in Desert Storm. He took a moment to share a few thoughts, on Veteran’s Day:

How would you describe a good day? How do you think The Green House homes will support you in this?
Knowing I am safe because others after me are now standing watch. I can’t wait to move into Freedom House. The house is beautiful and I am so excited and proud I was selected to live in Freedom House. It is a wonderful place for me and my fellow Veterans that I will be living with.

What is the message you would like to share with future generation about Veteran’s Day?
To have a special day like Veterans Day to recognize Veterans such as myself is very rewarding. This day should never be taken for granted. Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country to have the freedoms we have today. Hopefully people will take a moment to reflect how fortunate we are in America because of what our Veterans have done and what our military today are doing.

Julie Sanders, Shahbaz shows Veteran Randy Cook through Freedom House after dedication ceremony held on 10/21/11.

The Research Initiative Valuing Eldercare, Launched


The Green House Project has partnered with THRIVE (The Research Initiative Valuing Eldercare) to learn more about the Green House model as well as other models of care. The THRIVE team is launching a series of interrelated research projects that together will comprise the largest research effort undertaken to date in Green House homes. This effort is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The THRIVE researchers represent leading research institutions and long-term care organizations around the country, including Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Health Management Strategies, Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research, Pioneer Network, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Many of the THRIVE team members have previously researched the Green House model, and in part, these previous studies – and the questions left unanswered – provided impetus for the current project.
For example, in a comprehensive review of the research literature, THRIVE team members Sheryl Zimmerman and Lauren Cohen found strong support for certain components of the Green House home model, such as that private rooms and bathrooms and communal dining are related to positive outcomes. However, these researchers also found that very little research has been done around the concept of normalized engagement, and therefore there is no evidence to show that this type of engagement relates to better care or outcomes.
Other THRIVE team members, including Siobhan Sharkey, Sandy Hudak, and Susan Horn, found in their earlier studies of work flow that Green House elders receive more direct care time per day than do similar residents in traditional nursing homes. They also found that Shahbaz spend about 20 minutes more per day with elders than do CNAs in traditional homes. In their work on elder outcomes, they also found that elders living in Green House homes maintained their ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing and eating, to a greater extent than residents living in traditional nursing homes. These findings suggest further exploration into what structures and processes are associated with better outcomes, such as less decline in activities of daily living or fewer falls.
Earlier work by Barbara Bowers and Kimberly Nolet provided important insights into the role of the nurse and how it differs across Green House homes; they found, for example, that there are differences across homes in how the Green House model is implemented. In particular, there are important differences in how Shahbazim and nurses relate to one another and the degree to which they collaborate or work separately. Although this study demonstrated that the choice of model had meaningful consequences for both staff and elders, it did not determine what had led some homes to use one model over another.
It is these unanswered questions – plus many more related to staffing, care provision, clinical outcomes, and costs – that the THRIVE collaborative intends to address. The THRIVE project will be taking place through 2013, and during that time, members of the team will be contacting Green House homes to complete interviews, request records, and schedule visits. In addition to providing homes the opportunity to inform these matters and influence the direction of nursing home care, participating homes will also receive confidential feedback about their organization.
We are excited to be able to learn more about the Green House model, and look forward to working together.

(Questions about THRIVE can be directed to Lauren Cohen, lauren_cohen@unc.edu, (919) 843-8874).

Sweet Homes Alabama- Green House Annual Meeting 2011

Sweet Homes Alabama: 4th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration
September 8-9, 2011, Pre Conference September 7
Birmingham, AL
Wynfrey Hotel – 1-800-996-3739

Wynfrey Hotel- Birmingham, AL

Announcing the Fourth Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration! This year’s gathering is an exclusive time for Green House Project Adopters to share, learn and celebrate!  We will convene at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, AL. Green House Projects, mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity!

**At this time, the GH Annual Meeting is only open to Green House adopters under contract with The Green House Project**

Click here to download the conference brochure

Registration:
This year, registration and payment will be done through a convenient online registration form, which you can fill out below. You can pay right through this website and you’ll receive email confirmation of your purchase once done.

Hotel information, transportation and information on additional programs can all be found in the GH Annual Meeting 2011 Brochure. We have reserved a special hotel guest rate for our attendees so please be sure to book early and mention “The Green House Project” for the special event rate.

This year’s theme, “Sweet Homes Alabama” gives a nod to The Green House Cottages at St. Martin’s in the Pines and all of the organizations working to create sweet homes throughout the country, where elders and persons living with disabilities can live lives of meaning and power. We honor the commitments you have made and the hard work you are doing to make this vision a reality in your communities. We hope this experience provides you with the opportunities for the learning, growth, replenishment and fun that you so richly deserve!

There will be learning, information-sharing and ample networking opportunities for everyone, so come join the celebration!

For questions or more information: greenhouse@ncbcapitalimpact.org or 703-647-2311. Registration below:


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The Green House Project Welcomes New Team Members

The Green House Project welcomes two new team members!

We are so pleased to welcome Peer Network Director, Dan Klein, and Project Associate, Heather Marshall to our team!

Dan is joining the project from the New Hampshire Health Care Association, where he served as Assistant Executive Director. In this role, Dan was instrumental in areas of policy, communication, research, and advocacy. One of Dan’s achievements was to serve as the primary facilitator and advocate for Seniors Aid New Hampshire, a coalition of nursing home and assisted living community residents who lobby state and federal governments and raise money for charities.  In his role as The Green House Peer Network Director, Dan will facilitate and explore ways in which education, information, and accountability support project success.

He can be reached via e-mail at: dklein@ncbcapitalimpact.org.

We also welcome Project Associate, Heather Marshall.  Heather’s education and experience will make her a valuable asset to the team.   As an intern at National Council on Aging (NCOA) , she participated in many creative, evidence-based solutions to the issues impacting elders.  This experience bolstered her opinion that sustainable solutions require education, support, and investment from the entire community. As a student at the Brown School of Social Work, she tailored her curriculum to focus on gerontology and more specifically, the mental health needs of older adults.  In addition to this coursework, a previous internship and subsequent work experience at Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services further developed her skills and passion for elders.  As a Project Associate, Heather will partner with a Project Guide to jointly support long-term care organizations interested in embracing the Green House model to improve the lives of elders. education.

Project Associate, Heather Marshall

Heather can be reached at: hmarshall@ncbcapitalimpact.org.