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Jewish Senior Life Celebrates the Opening of Nine Green House Cottages in Rochester, New York

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—September 25, 2017Jewish Senior Life  today announced the opening of nine new long-term care homes on its campus, a key milestone in its ongoing $83 million campus transformation project. The organization has invited residents, their families, community leaders and the media to attend the opening celebration of these new homes, which represent a model of care unmatched by any other senior care provider in the area.

“We’re setting an example of what the future of care can and should look like for our elders,” said Mike King, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “We’ve adopted this new model of care so that we can serve the community better than ever before, providing high satisfaction for our staff and an even higher quality of life for residents, as well as peace of mind for their families. Our values of honoring our mothers and fathers are woven into the fabric of our culture of Jewish Senior Life.”

Susan Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project

The opening celebration commemorates the completion of nine new long-term care homes, housed in three modern three-story buildings. These buildings, called Green House Cottages, were built in conjunction with The Green House Project, a nationally- accredited organization representing a new standard in long-term care. There are over 200 Green House communities open in the country right now, with another 100 being built. The Jewish Home will be the 3rd largest Green House community in the country.

Key features and benefits include:

Home environment: Each floor in the three new Green House Cottages is its own home, complete with a kitchen, common areas, and private suite rooms with There are three homes in each of the three Cottages, for a total of nine new homes that house 12 residents in each home.

Access to secure outdoor spaces: All three Green House Cottages have courtyards and walkways that contribute to a real sense of home and

Self-managed care teams: Specially-trained certified nursing assistants (CNAs), each one called an “Adir,” staff each home and provide a wide range of assistance, including personal care, activities, and meal preparation, as well as light housekeeping and laundry. Each home also has a nurse on duty as well as a clinical support team.

In the new Green House Cottage homes, caregivers are able to personalize their approach to best meet the unique individual needs of each resident, resulting in more meaningful lives and relationships. By enhancing their living environment and delivering a more personalized care experience, residents will now have even more choice, autonomy and control.

The opening of the Green House Cottages represents a major milestone in the total campus transformation project timeline.

 

Several additional updates are slated to be complete by Spring 2019:

  • Renovation of the existing Jewish Home tower to incorporate the home model, featuring private rooms and bathrooms for all long-term care residents;
  • Expansion of The Jewish Home of Rochester’s Transitional Care program (short-term rehabilitation) to better serve its hospital All transitional care rooms will be private rooms inside The Jewish Home. Transitional Care at The Jewish Home will be one of the largest post-acute care providers in Monroe County.

“Each part of the transformation you see here on our campus is made possible by our generous donors,” said Joel Weiss, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Jewish Senior Life Foundation. “Their support and vision ensures that we’re able to remain at the forefront of innovative person-centered care, making meaningful life a priority for years to come.”

About Jewish Senior Life:

Serving people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, Jewish Senior Life is guided by the values of honoring family and emphasizing aging in place—allowing people to remain in the place of their choice longer. Jewish Senior Life is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering all levels of care from independent living to skilled nursing care on a single campus:

  • The Summit at Brighton for independent living;
  • Wolk Manor for assisted living;
  • The Lodge at Wolk Manor for assisted living memory care;
  • The Jewish Home of Rochester for long-term, transitional, and memory care;
  • Transitional Care at the Jewish Home for short-term rehabilitation;
  • Atkin Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation;
  • Marian’s House daytime retreat for those with memory loss;
  • A variety of community programs and services such as Living Well Companion Care and Physician House Calls that enable people to age and live safely, either on campus or another place that they call

Jewish Senior Life is the only senior care provider in the Rochester area to offer Life Care, a program which eliminates worries about unforeseen care needs and medical expenses throughout the full continuum of care.

Jewish Senior Life is accredited for its high quality and customer satisfaction by CARF, and earned five out of five stars in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating. This designation is reserved for only the top ten percent of nursing home providers nationwide.

Jewish Senior Life has been named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Jewish Senior Life is a member of the Alliance for Senior Care of Greater Rochester, Leading Age, Leading Age New York, and the Association of Jewish Agency Services.

For more information, please visit www.jewishseniorlife.org.

An Outing To Enjoy The Season Reflects True Empowerment

Kris Angevine with house pup, Lexi

 

One of my proudest moments as a Guide for the Penfield Green House homes was when one of the Shahbazim (self-managed team of direct care staff), Wendy, texted me and said “Hurray!  We made it!” … I didn’t know what she meant and I was at our legacy building about 20 minutes away so I couldn’t just pop over to clarify the news.  The therapeutic recreation specialist for our Green House homes, Mimi,  has an office across from me, so I moseyed over to her and asked her if she knew what Wendy could mean?   Mimi said “Nope, I don’t know anything.” So, I texted Wendy back and asked her “Made it where?  What are you all up to?” She replied, “Check Facebook!”

photo on Facebook of elders riding to their Naples adventure

I didn’t have time to check the site, as I was rushing off to another meeting so it was an hour later before I was able to close the loop.  As it turned out,  all 10 elders, the Shahbazim and a Nurse were buying grape pies in Naples, NY which is about 2 hours away.  The team planned the whole thing, scheduled the van, grabbed the credit card, and even got the other House to come over and check on Lexi, the house dog, because this was her first time on her own.  On their way home, they stopped for lunch, and enjoyed the iconic fall scenery in upstate NY.  It was beautiful, well executed, and neither the “boss” or “activities” knew anything about it.

True empowerment at its best!

“The Heart of the Home”—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!

 

"The Heart of the Home"—Elders, families and staff endorse the Green House homes in New York

aka Catholic Health East Horizons

“We see far fewer elders struggling with behaviors, which we believe is a result of a quieter, calmer environment, increased privacy and a deeper knowing of the elders by staff who provide the care,” said James Farnan, administrator of Eddy Village Green.  In addition, Farnan says they have also seen a sustained reduction in falls among the elders living in the homes. 

The Eddy Village Green is located in Cohoes, New York and is comprised of 16 Green House homes.  It opened in 2008 and is home for 192 elders. 

Quality of life and quality of care are applauded by the families of elders at the Eddy.  Comments include how ‘attentive and compassionate all the staff were’ ‘Dad was so loved and so well cared for by everyone’, and one family wrote ‘The concept of the the individual houses for a small number of residents is wonderful; but it’s just a house unless you have people like the staff…who truly make it a home’. 

Read more about the homes that comprise the largest Green House home campus in the country.  The full story can be found on page 3 of the Spring 2012 edition of Catholic Health East HorizonsLet us know what you think!

 

Community integrated Green House homes provide a New York neighborhood with something special…licensed nursing home care

It takes a variety of homes to make up a neighborhood—so why not build Green House homes in existing communities?  There are those who would question whether it’s possible…but in upstate New York it’s proving to be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and a shining example of skilled nursing home care.

While many of us would clearly prefer home and community-based care, it’s estimated that 1.2 million Americans currently live in institutional facilities.  This rings especially true for low-income elders and others who lack access to affordable nursing services in their area.

Green House homes offer elders a place where autonomy and choice are honored, direct skilled nursing care is a priority, and they have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work and relationships.  When the home is located within a neighborhood—it also meets that desire for community-based services.

St. John’s Home in Rochester, New York opened the first two community-integrated Green House homes two months ago and will part of an evaluation of the concept over the next three years.

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