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Project Update: Occupancy Faster Than Anticipated for First Green House Homes in Minnesota

It’s the kind of issue that all marketing directors are happy to manage—an unexpected “rush” of Elders that want to move in ASAP to your new Green House homes!  Well that is precisely what happened at Water’s Edge in Mankato, Minnesota.

Since the first Elders moved in this past August…there has been a whirlwind of activity to welcome Elders into their new homes and to make sure that all hiring and training is accomplished on time.  In fact, during the first week of opening their first home, they moved in 9 Elders!  “We certainly hadn’t planned it that way,” said Director of Operations, Brooke Olson, “but it’s not a bad problem to have so many Elders want to move in when you first open your doors!”

Water’s Edge is comprised of three assisted living Green House homes, each with 12 private bedrooms.  They are operated by Grace Senior Services.  The owners, Brad and Heather Bass have long been committed to serving Elders in their community.  They opened their first adult day service in their home more than 18 years ago.  They currently have several senior housing cooperatives, and adult foster care program, two assisted living communities and now the new Green House homes at Water’s Edge.

The second home is nearly full, so training and hiring will begin for the third home very shortly.  The plan for Water’s Edge had always included a position for Marketing and Elder Enrichment, but they were not going to fill it until much later.  However, with the pace of occupancy, they decided that the role was going to be needed much sooner.  In September, they welcomed Rachel Carpenter to their team.

We congratulate Water’s Edge on their success and wish them only the best moving forward!

First Green House Homes in Minnesota Officially Open!

Despite the long winter and flooding in Minnesota this year…the ribbon cutting ceremony at Water’s Edge on June 26th was a real success.  The first Green House homes located in Mankato, Minnesota will be welcoming Elders in mid-July.  Congratulations to all!

The three story project, with an assisted living Green House home on each floor, was developed and will be operated by Grace Senior Services.  Owners, Brad and Heather Bass along with their children and other city officials were all on hand for the grand opening event.

Water’s Edge is located on the Mankato hilltop and will offer wonderful scenic waterfront and woodland views.  Of course every Green House home also offers private bedroom and bathrooms for Elders, a central hearth area, full kitchen with home cooked meals, and a dining room area.  It can be chilly during those Minnesota winters, so Water’s Edge will also include heated bathroom floors and a “four-season sun porch” for each home.

The Director of Operations for Water’s Edge will be Brooke Olson.  The initial team to staff the first home is currently receiving their 128 hours of additional training to their current certification as a nurse, licensed practical nurse or nursing assistant.

The supplemental training is a hallmark of The Green House model of care.  The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a flexible daily routine that meets and Elder’s needs and preferences.  If they wish, Elders can help cook, and assist with housekeeping or laundry.  There is no predetermined routine, which facilitates independence and an Elder’s ability to pursue individual interests and schedules.  Deep relationships between the Elders and staff are one reason that the Green House model creates dramatic improvements in quality of life and care.

Capital Impact Partners was critical in the development and funding of Water’s Edge.  They provided $1.5 million in financing for the project:  One million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program-related investment (PRI) and $500,000 from the AARP Foundation PRI funds.  Capital Impact Partners, a congressionally chartered, non-profit community development finance institution provides financial services and technical assistance nationwide to help make high-quality health care, healthy foods, housing and education more accessible and attainable, and eldercare more dignified and respectful.  Water’s Edge owner Brad Bass was most pleased to work with Capital Impact Partners, “You have a great program and excellent staff.  I could never have done this without all of your extensive resources!  Not to mention the funding that was really the igniter to get this development going”.

We wish the team at Water’s Edge only the best as they welcome their Elders into the Green House homes during the upcoming weeks!  Again, congratulations to all!

Groundbreaking and Grand Opening Ceremonies Fill Our Calendar This Summer

It was a LONG winter for all of us, but the summer promises to be a time of sunshine and celebration for many in the Green House family!  Five homes will be opening and groundbreaking ceremonies will take place for another 12 homes.

View from Elders room

We start the summer off on June 26th with the grand opening ceremonies for the first Green House homes in the land of 10,000 lakes.  The three assisted living Green House homes are called “Water’s Edge” and are located in Mankato, Minnesota.

They are being developed and operated by Grace Senior Services.  The owners, Brad and Heather Bass, have been committed to serving Elders for many years.  In fact, they started their journey by opening an adult day service in their home 17 years ago.  They currently have several senior housing cooperatives, two assisted living communities, and an adult foster care program.  The new Director of Operations for Water’s Edge will be Brooke Olson.

Congratulations to the team at Water’s Edge…we wish you a wonderful grand opening and are excited to be working with you on this journey with your Elders!

Our next celebration will take us to the sunny state of Florida where our first skilled nursing Green House homes will be located.  Groundbreaking ceremonies are slated to occur in late July.

The Woodlands at John Knox Village will have a total of seven floors and 144 private rooms for Elders.  Two Green House homes will be located on each of six of the floors for a total of 12 homes, with the ground floor featuring a community area with a multi-purpose room, bistro and rehab center.

John Knox Village of Florida is the second largest not for profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Florida with almost 1,000 residents in Pompano Beach, Florida.  John Knox Village was the recipient of the Governor’s Gold Seal Award in recognition of excellence in long term care.

We will keep you posted on the events surrounding their groundbreaking ceremonies as soon as they are finalized!  We are most excited to see this project under construction…it is slated to open in late 2015.

Our final summer celebration will take place in Wisconsin!  Two new Green House homes will have their grand opening on August 14th.  It is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Tomah VA Medical Center located in Tomah, Wisconsin.  We are so pleased to know that 20 veterans will experience REAL HOME in Tomah.

 

 

So as you can see, it will be a very eventful summer season for our Green House family and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate such success!