“The Green House helps give us tangible ways to live out our mission in the way we give care” – Deedre Vriesman, Resthaven CEO.
On June 25, Resthaven team members celebrated the groundbreaking of their second Green House home, officially kicking off development of the Janssen Cottage. In 2007 the Boersma Cottage opened at Resthaven for 10 elders.
The ceremony included a special thank you to the Resthaven Board of Directors, the Janssen family, all the donors, GMB Architecture & Engineering, CL Construction and the Holland community who are making this home a reality.
In recent years the board of trustees for the Lima Convalescent Home has been working hard to create more private rooms for their elders. On April 6th that vision became a reality as they broke ground for two Green House homes that will provide beautiful homes with private bedrooms for 24 Elders AND will ultimately mean more private rooms in their existing nursing home.
“It truly is a vision for how care can be provided in this community in wonderful ways,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. “This kind of leadership in our community is what made Lima Convalescent what it is today.”
Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan, explained to those at the event that The Green House Project is a movement that de-institutionalizes, destigmatizes and provides care to elders to help them live meaningful lives.
“They will be known for who they are and not just their diagnosis and they will be able to live life and not just be defined by their care needs,” said Ryan. “Hold fast to your visions and values that have guided your journey so far. I can tell you that a year from now I will come back and I will see beautiful homes where I see grass today and I can assure you that the best is yet to come.”
Lima Convalescent Home was the first nursing home in Lima when it opened in 1958 and is the only one that is a non-profit. The Executive Director for the Lima Convalescent Home is Joy Reichenbach.
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 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.
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!
Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces in the United States. We thought who better to offer their reflections on this special day than the veterans who live in Green House homes. The below was written by Mr. Robert Foster and Mr. Randy Cook. Supported by Mr. James Tucker and Mr. Delbert Foltz. Freedom Green House Home, VA Iliana Healthcare System, Department Of Veteran Affairs, Danville IL.
Gives me the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our American Armed Forces who made this wonderful country of ours what it is today, the greatest country on earth, The United State of America.
Unfortunately, many of our brave Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and this great nation. We must always remember the valorous efforts they put forth in making America the land of the free and the home of the brave. This day also gives us the opportunity to remember our loved ones who served our nation. I remember both his father and brother who were both combat veterans and have since passed, but also how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to honorably serve my country. Memorial Day is day that as I have gotten older understand the true purpose of this holiday and the meaning of remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our countries freedoms; making me proud to be an American.”
To learn more about Green House Projects for Veterans click here.
While cold temperatures and snow undoubtedly create challenges for construction crews…the Green House homes being developed in Lawrenceville, New Jersey are still set to open within the next four to five months.
Morris Hall Meadows will include six skilled nursing Green House homes. Ten Elders will live in each home, which will include their own private bedroom and bath, a central hearth area with a fireplace, full kitchen with home cooked meals and a dining area.
The project is being developed by Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc. Morris Hall and St. Lawrence are both not-for-profit agencies sponsored by the diocese.
Morris Hall consists of St. Mary’s Assisted and Residential Living and St. Joseph Skilled Nursing Center.
When the project was announced to the community, Darlene Hanley, President and CEO of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc., expressed, “The goal of the Green House Project and Morris Hall Meadow is to give options to consumers. Currently, there is only one Green House community in New Jersey, and we will be the second one in the state. We welcome the opportunity to share this unique project with the community and are pleased to offer both traditional and innovative options in nursing home care.” The homes in Morris Hall Meadows will be Medicare and Medicaid approved. Elders will have access to an array of services, further complemented by the therapy resources of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation center.
We are most excited about this project in New Jersey and look forward to the Grand Opening late this summer!
During an interview with the Diane Rehm Show on NPR this week, Dr. Gawande asked listeners to strive for more than simply “a good death.” Instead, he says we must ask ourselves what brings the most meaning and purpose to our lives and fill our days with those things, to the best of our ability, until we die. During the interview, Dr. Gawande mentions The Green House Project as an organization that is working tirelessly to expand a model of autonomy, growth, and purposeful living to individuals at the end of their lives. The full interview transcript is here, in addition to the audio recording.
At an appearance in Washington, D.C. last night, Dr. Gawande spoke to a crowd of over two hundred people about the innovative approach of The Green House model in skilled nursing care. In Chapter 5 of his new book he writes that Green House homes are “…designed to pursue that idea that a life worth living can be created…by focusing on food, homemaking, and befriending others.”
The loneliness, helplessness and boredom so often experienced by those living out the end of their lives in long-term care institutions should not be the norm in this country. We need innovative approaches, like The Green House model, which are built on the belief that every person, up until their last breath, should have the freedom to feel empowered and engaged in their life.
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.
US News based their results on 3 factors; “Each nursing home receives an overall rating of one to five stars, based on its number of stars in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents and the quality of medical care.”
This summer, Elders across the country in Green House homes took advantage of all that summer time has to offer. There were old fashioned picnics, gardening, barbecues, concerts, car shows, and quality time spent relaxing on the porch in good company and good music. Elders in the Green House homes did it all. Summer might be over, but you can still get a glimpse into the fun through the Summer Fun 2013 photo album.
The Green House Project recognizes that financing is a crucial element of any new development. As a program within NCB Capital Impact, we can partner with lenders to create a streamlined process and many specialized financing options. NCB Capital Impact is a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that works across the nation to improve access to high-quality health and elder care, healthy foods, housing, and education in low-income communities. To date, NCB Capital Impact and The Green House Project have assisted in the development of over 148 Green House homes and have financed $20 million in Green House homes across the country.