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Momentum Builds in 2016: Green House Homes Open Across the Country

home croppedMichigan can be a cold location in January for a Grand Opening of Green House homes, but it was certainly warm and welcoming on the inside!  These two homes were developed by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.  415The festivities included a number of leaders from the area, along with Elders, families, staff and members of the press.  Lela, an elder moving into one of the homes attended the special Grand Opening event with special anticipation.  She had started the countdown to her move 191 days earlier and was most excited about her new home.

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This organization is not new to culture change having been an Eden certified home for 15 years, however the opening of the skilled nursing Green House homes takes their journey to a whole new level!  They opened the first home to 10 elders on January 14th and the second will open soon once the licensing process is completed.

 

Renee Cunningham, Service Line Director of Nursing, explained that the opening and move went smoothly and that the past two months have been great.  “It went really well, better than I had expected by our both the community and residents!  Staff feel very committed to the homes, and family members often stay and have meals with their loved ones.  It’s such a warm environment”.   Renee went on to say that Lela has expressed many times that moving to the Green House home “was the best decision she’s ever made”.  Renee explained that Lela has “blossomed” in the home.

Those thoughts are echoed by team member, Dana DeRousse, “The opening of the Dana DeRousse_cropped_shahbaz_KalkaskaGreen House homes have been a phenomenal and humbling experience for me.  It doesn’t feel like I’m coming to work, more so coming into a home of myfamilymembers.  Being a Concierge CNA [their Shahbaz] is the kind of health care experience I was looking for when I first became a CNA.  It also challenges me as a person to try new things, like cooking that I really had no prior experience with.  I would highly recommend a position in a Green House home to anyone who is working as a CNA and I feel like The Green House Project is the absolute future of long term care”.

We congratulate the team at Kalkaska on their opening and look forward to many more Green House Homes opening in 2016:

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Green House Cottages of Carmel, Carmel, IN

6 Green House homes

Spring 2016

 

 

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The Woodlands, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, FL

12 Green House Homes

May 26th Grand Opening

 

 

Washington County

 

 

 

Washington County Nursing Home, Akron, CO

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

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Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

 

Clark Lindsey March 2016

 

 

Clark Lindsey, Urbana, IL

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

 

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JGS Lifecare, Longmeadow, MA

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

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Presbyterian Villages of Michigan,   Detroit, MI

2 Green House homes – 1st PACE program

Winter of 2016

Highlighting THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Team: Meaghan McMahon, Peer Network Project Manager

Some of Meaghan’s warmest childhood memories involve time spent visiting both sets of her grandparents in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.  It is truly where her journey in aging services begins.  She thoroughly enjoyed the time she shared with them and the events they attended together.  In fact, today when Meaghan walks in to an art gallery…she immediately thinks of her grandmother, a teacher, who often took her and her siblings to experience art and other cultural events.

Needless to say Meaghan was most comfortable with Elders and chose to do her high school volunteer work at a nursing home.  It was a very traditional skilled nursing home, and she saw a number of Elders that were not engaged, many were lonely and bored.  She knew they deserved a better environment.  .

It was in Ithaca, New York, as an undergrad  at Cornell University, where Meaghan first heard Dr. Bill Thomas talk about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, and as they say the “rest is history”.  Meaghan loved the concept and knew she could see herself working to achieve that mission.

After graduating from Cornell, Meaghan entered the Geriatric Scholar program at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and studied aging in families and society with a focus on public policy and evaluation. While there she interned with The Village of Redford Green House homes in Michigan and Generations United in Washington DC.  Upon receiving her MSW, Meaghan worked for a year as a Policy Analyst for the National PACE Association in Alexandria, VA.

Meaghan is now sharing her skills and knowledge about Elders and culture change in THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project as a Peer Network Project Manager.  In addition to assisting Peer Network members on the website, providing critical resources and assisting with ongoing education and evaluation efforts, Meaghan is the Co-Chair of the newly formed Peer Network Government Relations Committee.

In her leisure time, Meaghan thoroughly enjoys travelling, cooking and baking and spending time with the newest addition to her family- a terrier/basenji mix pup named Lyla.