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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>>

Kiplinger Highlights Green House Homes

While those of us who work with Elders in Green House homes know what a wonderful place it is…it’s always nice when the model is included in an article for a national financial organization.

Kiplinger’s Retirement Planning 2014 booklet includes information on finding the right nursing home, and this month an article includes information on culture change advocates including The Green House model.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Rather than making incremental changes, some culture-change advocates are starting from scratch. The Green House Project, for example, builds skilled-nursing facilities that house about 10 residents around an open kitchen. Each resident has a private room with a private bath. There are no nursing stations, room numbers, call bells or medication carts, says David Farrell, senior director of the Green House Project. Each Green House is “built from the ground up to look and feel like a real home,” Farrell says.

Click here to read the entire article including information about culture change and nursing homes.