Milwaukee, WI, will soon join two other VA sites in providing Green House homes for veterans. With one Green House home currently in construction, and plans for three more, the Milwaukee VA is adopting an evidence-based model of long-term care for elders.
“This takes the institutional setting out of nursing home care, which is something we have been moving toward since 2006,” said Mary Pfeiffer, who also serves as co- divisional manager in RECC, but has a nursing background.
“Our current Community Living Center and the Green Houses will operate at the same time, and both serve a specific need. Because the Green Houses are cozier with private rooms, front porches and sun rooms, it will be much easier for people to adapt to that environment. They’ll offer more quiet and individualized care, which is ideal for those patients who have dementia or those who fare better in a quieter environment.”