By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on May 1st, 2013
The 10 year celebration of The Traceway Green House homes in Tupelo, MS, is this Sunday (Follow us #Tupelo10), and The Daily Journal of Northeast Mississippi published an article to tell their robust story. The Tupelo story has had a ripple effect to touch thousands of people over the last decade, “Conceived as a way to deliver skilled nursing care on a human scale that empowered elders and their caregivers, Traceway was the first place in the nation to take the model to reality.”
Traceway is the project that sparked a revolution of a new way to deliver long term care. Currently 32 states have Green House homes open or in development, and that number continues to grow. Nearly everyone, from providers to consumers to policy makers know about The Green House model, and the impact that it can have for elders in their community, “In the Green House environment, there are more relationships,” said Jerry South, executive director for Traceway Retirement Community. “You don’t see those in a traditional nursing home environment.”
People have been impacted by the Tupelo story around the world, and in states as far away as Alaska. Patty Foldager is the guide for the Seward Mountain Haven Green House homes. When she was learning about The Green House model, she remembers being blown away at the calm way a Shahbaz fixed an egg for a late-riser and then shared an orange with another elder. “This looks nothing like a long-term care center,” she remembers thinking during her visit.
Indeed, this is more than an incremental change, “It’s not just a fresh coat of paint,” said Susan Frazier, the national Green House Project, chief operating officer. “We’re going to change the way folks will age in long-term care in America.”