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2015: A Year of Remarkable Growth

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Banner signed at the 2015 Annual Meeting by Green House adopters

2015 was a year of remarkable growth for The Green House Project. We are coming to a community near you, and our name is recognized as the pinnacle of long term care innovation. The Peer Network is one of those crucial elements that sets us apart and as our network grows, we develop and evolve because of their wisdom. The 8th Annual Green House Meeting was a powerful convening of this network. Green House adopters from around the country come together to learn from leaders in the field and each other.  They gain energy and successful practices toward continued success. To support this sustainability and apply the results of the THRIVE research that will be published in 2016, The Green House Project Thrive-logoreleased a tool to gauge model integrity. This tool will ensure that The Green House core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff thrive in all organizations who are living this model every day.

The Green House Project receives a great deal of recognition and media coverage. Here’s just a small sampling of the dozens of stories and accolades over the last few months.

  • Green House Project Founder Hailed as top “Influencer in Aging.” In its first annual list of people that are changing aging and how we think about aging, Next Avenue recognized The Green House Project’s founder Bill Thomas. Read more.
  • The New York Times Highlights Green House Homes. In a recently published story on the trend toward smaller nursing home residences, the author highlights the Green House model. Read more. The_New_York_Times
  •  Recognition at Annual LeadingAge Conference. At this year’s conference in Boston, thousands of attendees got to hear Atul Gawande’s keynote, where he discussed The Green House model and specifically called out the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, MA. Read more. Dr. Eleanor Barbera of McKnight’s visited the Leonard Florence Center while attending the conference and wrote about it. Read more.

The Green House Project is about to end an historic year – there are now 185 Green House homes open in 28 states. Here’s just a sampling of some of the news from Green House projects around the country over the last few months:

  • Washington County (Colorado) Nursing Home Groundbreaking. In a total replacement of its current nursing home, Washington County will be developing 4 Green House homes. This is the second project in Colorado. Read more.
  • Saint Elizabeth Groundbreaking – First in Rhode Island. Rhode Island breaks its moratorium on new nursing home development to approve the first Green House homes in the state. Read More.

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    Groundbreaking at Saint Elizabeth’s Community in Rhode Island
  • Morris Hall Meadows (NJ) Grand Opening. In October, Morris Hall Meadows opened 6 new Green House homes, making it the second Green House project in New Jersey. Read More.
  • Clark-Lindsey (IL) Groundbreaking. In September, Clark-Lindsey broke ground on two Green House homes that will be dedicated to dementia care. This is a major step forward for Illinois providers and regulatory offices looking to spur innovation in the state. Read More.

As we look with hope and gratitude toward the new year, please take a moment to hear Doris Delanus, an elder who lived at The Village of Redford in Michigan, tell us about what these homes mean to her.  Elders Rule! 

Portrait of a Green House Elder: Doris Delanus (2 mins 42 secs) from The Green House Project on Vimeo.

Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence

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Contact: Mary Lynn Spalding                                                                                   

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Christian Care Communities

(502) 254-4242 or cell (502) 609-4690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Christian Care Communities Opens Doors to The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s First Green House® Senior Living Residence

New $13.5 Million Green House® Community Creates Small Cottages of Care Revolutionizes Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing for Older Adults

(MIDWAY, KENTUCKY (JUNE 25, 2015) – Christian Care Communities today opened the doors to Kentucky’s first Green House® Residence – The Homeplace at Midway – that revolutionizes assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care for older adults. Public officials, community and business leaders joined with Christian Care for the ribbon cutting celebration, signaling the opening of the new $13.5 million Green House® community at 101 Sexton Way, across from Midway College.

“The Homeplace at Midway represents a new beginning for older adults in Kentucky and for communities across the Commonwealth to embrace them as living treasures, not a burden or a challenge,” said Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Midway, Midway Nursing Home Task Force, Midway College, state and local government agencies, our capital campaign’s Leadership Council and all our friends and supporters who championed this new direction and envisioned with us a new day when older adults would receive the highest quality care and support, without feeling their lives are being disrupted or overtaken. We trust that it will inspire other senior living providers to move in a similar direction.”

“States, families and communities are being challenged to find better ways of providing for the needs of elders, and The Homeplace, with its emphasis on home, shows how care can be made more loving, community centered and effective,” said William Thomas, M.D., founder of The Green House® model, who was among the many special guests participating in the ribbon cutting celebration.

Person-Centered Cottages of Care
The new 31-acre Christian Care Green House® community offers a comprehensive continuum of care with a 12-person assisted living cottage for those who need periodic assistance with daily living activities; a 12-person memory care/personal care cottage for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive impairments; and two skilled nursing cottages for 23 individuals with short-term rehabilitation or long-term care needs. In addition, The Homeplace at Midway includes an administrative cottage and the Lucy Simms Lloyd Gathering House for special gatherings, worship services and activities.

“In our Green House® cottages, each resident will have a private bedroom and bath and share, just as people do in any home, the kitchen, living room, den and porch areas,” said Dr. Knapp. “It’s all designed to give residents the freedom to set their own daily routines and to live life to its fullest, while receiving the individual care they need – within each cottage.”

As the community grows, Christian Care Communities plans to add independent living garden homes and an Adult Day Center program to complement the resident cottages.

The Green House® Difference
“The Green House® approach strengthens our ability to honor older adults by creatively fostering their inclusion – their meaningful participation – in the very communities they helped shape,” said Dr. Knapp, who noted that empirical evidence is mounting to support the effectiveness of the Green House® model on several fronts. “Clinical outcomes improve dramatically, resident and family satisfaction rise exponentially and staff turnover drops by leaps and bounds.”

About Christian Care Communities
Headquartered in Louisville, Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired, non-profit provider of senior living communities and long-term care for older adults. In addition to Midway, its communities, services and programs for older adults are located in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Nicholasville, Owensboro and Taylorsville.
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Celebrating the Opening at Woodland Park

Below is an excerpt from As Our Parents Age, a blog by Marti Weston. Marti’s parents are residents of Virginia Menonite Retirement Community and this blog is her effort to record the experiences of loving and living with aging parents. She highlights interesting issues, identifies high quality web resources, and shares memories.  In this piece, she shares her impression of the Grand Opening Celebration of the first Green House homes in Virginia:

Today (January 5, 2013) we celebrated at the first of two Woodland Park grand opening events — almost one year to the day since the groundbreaking. With these first Green House Homes in the Commonwealth of Virginia, VMRC aims to start a trend, encouraging other providers to recast the way they address aging issues and helping elders age well in a caring community that preserves their independence — even when they need considerable medical support…“This is truly transforming the institutional nursing home model as we know it,” explained Melissa Fortner, VMRC Vice President for Supportive Living. “That’s what we set out to do in the beginning, and now we are doing it.”

To read the full entry, click here: http://asourparentsage.net/2013/01/05/celebrating-at-woodland-park/#more-10563

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