Since the beginning of this year, the Peer Network Model Integrity Committee has worked hard to establish goals for creating a benchmarking system based on the Green House Project core values and clearly defined essential practices. These goals are:
– To develop a credible, efficient, and effective system to monitor, assist and promote excellence among Green House Model adopters
– To create this system using a set of Standards of Excellence that in content and application become the gold standard in benchmarking superior performance in Long-Term Care
This initiative, led by the Peer Network Model Integrity Committee in partnership with Peer Network Project Guide Marla DeVries and consultant Sandy Ransom, will include both quantitative and qualitative elements. According to Sandy, “We want to be able to clearly show, in quantifiable terms, the Green House difference. This will enable both adopters and the Green House Project Team to definitively show that general long-term care expectations are exceeded in Green House homes, and people experience a greater sense of home and autonomy.”
In order to establish a system that will work for all communities, we will be sending a questionnaire to each adopter organization this summer that asks for information regarding Meaningful Life, Empowered Staff and Real Home and the essential practices that comprise each value. There will also be questions regarding each adopter’s current data collection processes.
This process will allow us to successfully implement and sustain the integrity of the Green House model now and in the years to come.