1st Quarter 2017                  

It's another first for  The Green House Project, as Missouri is welcomed in to the list of innovative states to offer a Real Home to elders who need skilled care.  The Cottages of Lake St. Louis, located in the western suburbs of St. Louis, opened the first of six cottages in January 2017. Grand opening ceremonies slated in early April.  
Now, residents of the "Show-Me" state will get to see firsthand what skilled nursing looks like when its designed - from the inside out - to be a home.
Al Beamer, CEO of the Cottages of Lake St. Louis, says people are struck by how different the community is from a traditional nursing home before they even step inside.
 

Green House homes  are dynamic and able to impact innovation in many different settings.  The first Green House homes to be incorporated with a PACE community have opened as part of   The Thome Rivertown Neighborhood  in Detroit.  It is an honor to be able to open the doors of accessibility for low income elders through this partnership. 

PACE  is the acronym of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.  PACE programs are government-funded managed care health plans that also provide comprehensive health services for individuals age 55 and over who have health needs classified as "nursing home eligible" by their state's Medicaid program.


Acting on a strong mission to serve elders in need,  Ave Maria home, in Bartlett, TN is embarking on Phase II of their Green House journey.  They are currently building five 12-bed Green House homes that will join four Green Houses built six years ago.  The new homes have a special purpose, to serve as a safe haven for elders who have experienced abuse.
To support this worthy endeavor,  The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. has awarded them a grant of $500,000.  Ave Maria CEO, Frank Gattuso, states "It's exciting to have a national foundation's involvement in recognizing the importance of care for our elders.  The Weinberg Foundation is committed to assisting elders through post-acute care and culture change in our community with these Green House homes."


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As we work to transform long term care, Beth Baker has been a critical voice in journalism, describing innovations in the field.  She has spent the last decade telling the story of culture change to a wide audience and earlier this month, Beth Baker highlighted The Green House model as The Nursing Home of the Future, in Politico Magazine. 

As a journalist and author, Beth Baker, writes about healthcare in outlets like  The Washington Post  and the  AARP Bulletin , describing what is possible in  long term care ,"What [The Green House Project] does is to demonstrate that people can keep living and enjoying life until their last breath given the right environment and relationships." This journey led her to Tupelo, the  first Green House homes , and the transformative story of Mildred Adams...

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As thought leaders  Green House adopters  lead the way by supporting, and deeply knowing each individual living in their homes. With the introduction of new  CMS regulations  comes the opportunity for Green House homes to demonstrate how the model is designed to ensure each elder is able to live on his/her own terms. "Language and being focused on the elder vs. the disease, makes a difference.  At  The Green House Cottages of Carmel , we developed our policies and procedures prior to these new regulations, and it felt great to see that what we knew in our hearts to be right, was reflected in government mandates." said Melody DeCollo, Guide of   The Green House homes of Carmel , in Indiana.
An intentionally built environment is crucial to support the success a person-directed home.   ProBuilder Magazine  highlights innovation in senior care with a focus on the comprehensive transformation of The Green House model.  Green House "has three core values," says senior director Susan Frazier Ryan, "real homes, meaningful life (culture) and empowered staff (organizational change/human architecture), all of which help an elder live the best life."
 
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CORE Education graduates from Saint Elizabeth Community
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Kris Angevine & house pup, Lexi
One of my proudest moments as a Guide for the Penfield Green House homes was when one of the Shahbazim (self-managed team of direct care staff), Wendy, texted me and said "Hurray!  We made it!" ... I didn't know what she meant and I was at our legacy building about 20 minutes away so I couldn't just pop over to clarify the news.  The therapeutic recreation specialist for our Green House homes, Mimi,  has an office across from me, so I moseyed over to her and asked her if she knew what Wendy could mean?   Mimi said "Nope, I don't know anything." So, I texted Wendy back and asked her "Made it where?  What are you all up to?" She replied, "Check Facebook!"
 
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Published quarterly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSEĀ® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit www.thegreenhouseproject.org