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Personalized Care Creates Real Homes for Elders

kiplinger_horizontalThe Green House model “goes to the idea that regardless of age people still have a chance to have a meaningful life where they can experience joy and create value,” Scott Brown, Director of Outreach, The Green House Project says.  In a recent article Kiplinger Retirement News editor, Susan Garland, visits two Green House organizations, Leonard Florence Center for Living and Eddy Village Green and shares her experience with this innovative model:

It’s a common refrain that adult children hear from their parents: “No matter what, promise that you’ll never put me in a nursing home.” These seniors obviously have not visited a Green House, a unique alternative to the traditional nursing facility.

By highlighting the comprehensive transformation that occurs when an organization implements The Green House model, Garland is able to show that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that the cornerstone of the model’s effectiveness is the deep relationships that form as a result: “In the traditional nursing home, you don’t have time to develop the relationships that you have in these homes,” says James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green. “When you have the same group of people taking care of the same group of elders, you get to know what they like and don’t like.”

old and young hand
old and young hand

 

To read more stories and experiences from these Green House homes, read the full article here>>

Green House Educator Program: Culture Change is a Journey

Last week, the 16 Eddy Village Green House homes graciously hosted 26 people from various parts of the country as they embarked on the week-long training through THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Educator program. The Educator program is a “train the trainer” program in which participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to return to their respective sites and provide their teams with the core education that is the foundation of the Green House model. 

The Educator program began in 2009 and the August 2013 Educator class was the largest in its history! Participants represented 9 different states including individuals from the first Green House homes in Tupelo, Mississippi. Other states represented were: Florida, New York, Wyoming, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Each day of the 5 day training had a dominant theme: Overview of the overarching Green House model philosophy & review of the 6 principles of Adult Learner Centered Education (Day 1), Effective Communication (Day 2), Roles & the Self-Managed Work Team (Day 3), The Elder (Day 4) and finally a synthesis of the week and creation of an Educator Code of Ethics (Day 5).

As a result of that diversity, it was a week filled with many thoughtful discussions and learning experiences…

  • “We are the glue that holds the house together in partnership with the elders”
  • “It’s not about your expectations, it’s about the elder’s expectations”
  • As Shahbazim, “We are the eyes, we see what others don’t see”
  • “As an administrator, I am used to knowing what to do…but after stepping back things started to happen. That’s what I’ll have to do in the Green House home”
  • “ You took the boredom away” (Elder, after participating in meaningful engagement with Educator participant)

This graduating class brings the number of Green House Educators nationwide to 113!  We look forward to watching the number of Educators continue to grow as they spread across the nation to light the way! 

Congratulations to all!

Please share your good wishes to this new team of graduates!

“The Heart of the Home”—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!

 

"The Heart of the Home"—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!