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Veterans Service Representatives Welcomed by The Green House Project and Stadium Place

As policy makers discuss improvements in how health care is provided for our nation’s Veterans, the need for greater option for long-term services and supports is greater than ever.  The aging of the Veterans population will require a new vision.   Many of our Veterans require 24-7 care skilled nursing care.   In 2013, nearly 36,000 veterans resided in skilled nursing care facilities on a long-term basis.  Another 4,000 Veterans received skilled nursing care on a short-term basis.   In response to this growing need, Green House Homes are becoming increasingly available to Veterans.

The Green House Project was thrilled to host representatives from Veteran’s Service Organizations for a home visit at The Green House Residences at Stadium Place on July 14th.   Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA Central Office, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans came together to learn more about how The Green House model  can serve our veterans with an innovative alternative for long-term care.

A Green House home is a self-contained, skilled nursing home where autonomy and choice are honored, quality care is a priority and people have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work and relationships.  Ten to twelve veterans live in each home.

The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a flexible living environment where each resident enjoys choice and independence.

Green House homes provide all the same services of a traditional nursing home, delivering an exceptionally high quality of care while keeping the emphasis on the comfort and well-being of the Elder.

The daily operating cost for Green House homes are the same as traditional nursing homes.  And the quality of care improves health outcomes, yielding real savings on healthcare costs.

This summer the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin will become the fourth VAMC to open Green House Homes.  Later this year, the Green House homes at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will open.  Click here to learn more about The Green House Project for Veterans.

Community Partnership Key To Maryland’s First Green House Project, Baltimore Sun Reports

In light of the final stretch of construction for The Green House® Residences at Stadium Place, The Baltimore Sun recently posted an article highlighting the unique community partnership that has contributed to the success of the first Green House homes in Maryland. Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) and Catholic Charities have created a strengths-based collaboration to achieve their shared vision to create better lives for Elders receiving skilled nursing care in Baltimore. In an interview with GEDCO Executive Director, Mitchell Posner, he explained the significance of each organization in the partnership:

“GEDCO operates its other housing complexes, including the Venable and Ednor apartment buildings at Stadium Place, on the site of the old Memorial Stadium. But, since the Green House will require skilled nursing care, GEDCO is handing the management reins over to Catholic Charities, which has experience in that part of the health care industry.”

The collaboration has amplified the community involvement in and commitment to the project, as the Stadium Place team has demonstrated the importance of all perspectives, resources, and experiences. Nate Sweeney, Green House Guide at Stadium Place, acknowledged that the homes will ensure that each elder “has a place at the table”. Similarly, GEDCO and Catholic Charities have modeled this value by bringing complementary strengths to table in preparation for the homes to open in April 2012.

Community Partnership Key To Maryland's First Green House Project, Baltimore Sun Reports

In light of the final stretch of construction for The Green House® Residences at Stadium Place, The Baltimore Sun recently posted an article highlighting the unique community partnership that has contributed to the success of the first Green House homes in Maryland. Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) and Catholic Charities have created a strengths-based collaboration to achieve their shared vision to create better lives for Elders receiving skilled nursing care in Baltimore. In an interview with GEDCO Executive Director, Mitchell Posner, he explained the significance of each organization in the partnership:

“GEDCO operates its other housing complexes, including the Venable and Ednor apartment buildings at Stadium Place, on the site of the old Memorial Stadium. But, since the Green House will require skilled nursing care, GEDCO is handing the management reins over to Catholic Charities, which has experience in that part of the health care industry.”

The collaboration has amplified the community involvement in and commitment to the project, as the Stadium Place team has demonstrated the importance of all perspectives, resources, and experiences. Nate Sweeney, Green House Guide at Stadium Place, acknowledged that the homes will ensure that each elder “has a place at the table”. Similarly, GEDCO and Catholic Charities have modeled this value by bringing complementary strengths to table in preparation for the homes to open in April 2012.