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Minnesota Welcomes its First Green House Skilled Nursing Homes!

Atrium crowdEpiscopal Homes of Minnesota celebrated the official grand opening of their six new Green House homes on May 20th.  The special event was well attended by Elders, families, staff members and community leaders in the St. Paul area.  Episcopal Homes’ President and

CEO Marvin Plakut
CEO Marvin Plakut

CEO, Marvin Plakut, welcomed attendees and

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to congratulate all who helped in the development of the project.

The six skilled nursing Green House homes are called “The Gardens” and will be home for 60 Elders.  Each Elder will have their own private bedroom and bath, meals will be cooked in the home and the hearth area will provide a sanctuary for rich conversation in the house.

The Green House Homes "The Gardens"
The Green House Homes “The Gardens”

The Green House homes were part of a $45 million dollar expansion called Midway Village.  The campus now offers a range of Elder living options and affordability and is conveniently located near the city of St. Paul’s new Green Line light rail station.  “The outpouring of support for our project is both gratifying and humbling,” said Plakut.  “It is inspiring us to keep reaching higher on behalf of the individuals and families we serve.  It is also inspiring to see so many wonderful people interested in living at Midway Village.”

The 225,000-square-foot expansion on their campus is also receiving some special recognition…it has been selected as one of the state’s top projects in 2014 by Finance & Commerce.

The grand opening aroused the curiosity of neighborhood patrol officers.  Cornelia House Elder, Irma Wyman, helped make them feel welcome.
The grand opening aroused the curiosity of St. Paul neighborhood patrol officers. Cornelia House Elder, Irma Wyman, helped make them feel welcome.

We welcome the Elders, families and staff from The Gardens to the Green House family.   Congratulations and our very best wishes as you move forward in your Green House journey!

Sophie’s Corner Suite of Charisma at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

The Gardens – The First Green House skilled nursing homes in Minnesota

sophies-room

Sophie Canelake resides at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota on the third floor of The Gardens, which is a Green House home.  A Green House home is an intentional community for 10 elders, that provides skilled nursing care. She adores her room, because the quaint corner location provides a wonderful view of the outdoors, and easy access to the rest of her home.  At 91 years old, Sophie truly appreciates her new home, and the life she lives here!

Sophie is originally from Wisconsin, and spent most of her life in northern Minnesota.  Sophie’s daughter resides in Minneapolis and this move enables her to visit  frequently during each week. “The convenience of living in close proximity to my family is extremely important,” explained Sophie.  Sophie and her family felt it was in her best interest to be in a community with the greatest level of care. A family friend of Sophie, who is an expert in senior care housing, highly recommended The Gardens – Nursing Home for the undeniably welcoming staff and respectable reputation Episcopal Homes has been providing for over 100 years.

She has her own independent bathroom and bedroom to decorate. “I love rearranging furniture and adding decorative touches as I see fit,” said Sophie. She has two large windows in her suite that bring in a plethora of sunshine every day.  Her room is cozy, but there is also enough space  to host family and friends.   The important thing is that at The Garden’s, Sophie has a sense of belonging, and ownership of the space.  This is her home.

sophie“The transition into The Gardens was very smooth and staff has been supportive” said Sophie.  Sophie expressed her transition was stress free because of the welcoming staff. She didn’t know what to expect when moving into her new home, but her favorite part of moving in was the comfort and homey feel The Gardens provides.

At Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, The  Gardens community is a part of the national  Green House Project. The Green House model  is created to foster a feeling of home and comfort for elders. The trailblazing model supports meaningful lives for elders, empowered staff and a real home. With a goal to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom from  the lives of elders,  The Gardens will create lives worth living through relationship based care.

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota: Despite Harsh Winter, Major Construction Progress has Occurred for Six Green House Homes

While we are all anxiously waiting for spring to truly arrive this year, none could be wishing for that more than the construction workers on the project for the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota!  Warmer weather and fewer snow storms will be welcomed with open arms!  Despite the tough winter season, major progress has been made on the $45 million dollar project.

Midway Village will provide a variety of living options for Elders including skilled nursing services in The Green House homes.  Ten Elders will live in each of the six homes which is being called “Episcopal Church Home – The Gardens”.  Not only will Elders enjoy their own bedroom, bath, home cooking, a hearth and balcony or terrace…they will also be able to enjoy the laughter of children each day.  A day care center will be part of Midway Village.  It’s something the organization has wanted to do for years, but they never had the space to provide the services.  The center will be available to staff and neighborhood infants and toddlers.  A truly wonderful inter-generational experience for all!

Another important aspect to the project includes light rail service that will pass right in front of the project…making transportation more convenient for Elders, staff and families.

The Green House homes are slated to open in February of 2015 and will be the first skilled nursing Green House homes in Minnesota.

 

The Great Personal Alarm Toss…Minnesota Nursing Home has a goal to eliminate all personal alarms creating a better home for Elders

We’re all looking for better ways to impact the quality of life for our Elders and one home in Minnesota has decided to do something about environmental noise—more specifically personal alarms.

About 20% of Episcopal Church Home’s Elders in St. Paul, Minnesota have a personal alarm.  Like many of us, those alarms are usually in place because the Elder is a “high fall risk”.  However, when the staff began to do some research on alarms they learned that by having them it really doesn’t mean that there will be a decrease in the number of falls.  In fact, the alarms at their home increased the amount of noise, fear and confusion for the Elder and those around them. 

So, the team at Episcopal Church Homes has taken the bold innovative step to eliminate all personal alarms!  Read more about their research, decision and steps moving forward…then tell us what you think!