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Better Together: Caring Across Generations Campaign

“By 2030, twenty percent of our population will be over the age of 65. And by 2050, there will be 27 million people in this country who will need assistance with everyday living. As a nation, we cannot afford to not have a plan for this.”

This is how Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), challenged the audience to consider the reality of our Elder Boom during her Age of Dignity book talk last week at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.

According to Ai-jen, one plan that will provide stability and protection for the most vulnerable among us is the creation of a national care grid to increase creative solutions and choices for those in need of long-term care. Some examples of innovative organizations that will make up the fabric of this grid are Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), Villages and Green House homes.

As co-director of Caring Across Generations , Ai-jen encouraged the audience to recognize the importance of building a national movement to improve care.  She explained that we must protect what we have built so far and work together to create what we will need in the future.

Are you interested in joining this movement to transform care? Visit our Support the Movement page today and learn how to take action by becoming a part of the Caring Across Generations campaign.

 

Anna Ortigara, MSN, Honored by Long-Term Living Magazine

We’re not surprised…but we are very pleased to hear that our colleague and friend Anna Ortigara is one of the four people selected this year to receive Long-Term Living Magazine’s 2014 Long-Term Living Leaders of Tomorrow award.

The award honors individuals who are “…making a difference in their towns and states while serving as exemplar model for others across the country” as leaders in the long-term and post-acute care field.

For the past six years Anna was the Resource Director for The Green House Project.  She was a passionate and driven team member who played an integral role in developing our educational program including countless tools and resources.

Earlier this month, Long-Term Living Magazine published a profile of Anna and the incredible work that she has done over the years, including her work before Green House and the role she holds now as an organizational change consultant with the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).  In the article, Anna talks about the importance of educating others about communication and team-based problem-solving skills and says, “I’ve come to really believe that using a coaching approach to leading change as the model or framework creates the capacity, the possibility of all the rest of the transformation for the organization.”

Investing in Staff Retention: Can You Afford Not To?

None of us would argue that staff turnover creates a host of problems for organizations.  Staff retention is vital from a quality perspective, but what about the economic impact it plays for a health care provider?

The issue is explored by the Director of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, David Farrell and PHI Strategic Advisor, Steven Dawson, in the Spring/Summer 2014 publication of the Indiana Health Care Association “Insight”.

High turnover of your direct care workers can mean reduced quality of care, increased stress for the staff, inefficiencies across many levels, the constant need to recruit and train—which lead to some very high dollar issues.

While some nursing home providers say it is “inevitable”, when they sit down and truly calculate those costs they are shocked so see their annual turnover costs!  In the article Farrell and Dawson discuss investing in proven retention strategies.

Click here to read the full article and let us know how turnover has affected your organization!

 

Are you curious about staff turnover in a Green House home?

The Green House model gives Elders four times more contact and reduces staff turnover.  A Green House home is created from the ground up to foster the same feeling and experience you get from living in a real home.  Each home is designed for 10-12 Elders keeping it flexible and maintaining a warm feel.  The comfort of private rooms and bathrooms are combined with the family-like atmosphere of open common spaces.

The innovative organizational structure in the Green House model is based upon “the conviction that we need a new framework around which to organize the experience of those who protect, sustain, and nurture our Elders.”  The structure challenges the traditional nursing home hierarchy to create environments that empower elders and those who are closest to them.

 

Click here to see why The Green House model is the proven and preferred option for creating sustainable culture change.

 

Green House model creator, Dr. Bill Thomas, to be honored by The Long Term Care Community Coalition

Green House model creator, Dr. Bill Thomas,”an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare”, will be honored by The Long Term Care Coalition in a fundraiser to benefit the coalition. The theme of this year’s fundraiser, “improving the lives of nursing home residents and changing the way we think about the elderly”, is a perfect backdrop to Dr. Thomas’ message that it can be different!

The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) is a group devoted to improving care for the elderly and disabled. Their work centers around work to ensure that long term care consumers, who are often very vulnerable, are cared for safely and treated with dignity.

The Green House model, created to be a place where Dr. Thomas’ Eden Alternative Principles can thrive, is a living testement to the goals of the coalition. By simultaneously transforming the philosophy, environment and organizational structures of traditional long term care, real power is shifted to the elder and those working closest to them.

To learn more about the coalition and the fundraiser, click here.