1st Quarter 2018                 

January 24th  marked the official grand opening of  The Green House Village of Goshen -three Green House homes with a fourth already slated for the community.
Two of the homes will be  skilled nursing, with the third home dedicated to short-term rehabilitation.  The homes were developed by Blue Diamond Communities, an organization that prides itself on building homes to serve all ages.

Tonya Detweiler is the president of the company-which she founded five years ago.  The Green House homes are part of Maplewood Estates and perfectly blend into the community.  

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John Ponthie,
Founding Member
Southern Administrative Services
It's all about leadership, and The Green House is honored to work with wise leaders who exude such a presence of belief and trust in the culture that they are helping to shape. 
 
"The business model of The Green House model is self evident... It's where people want to be. Rather than spending your money on an intense marketing campaign to promote your business, why not create something that attracts everyone. " - John Ponthie

Check out these short interviews that delve into the unique journeys of Southern Administrative Services, and Clark Lindsey, as they discuss the business and operational value of working with The Green House Project.  

Deb Reardanz, President and CEO Clark-Lindsey

Lisa McCracken, Ziegler Director of Senior Living Research & Development
Rising  demographic changes  are driving evolution and innovation in senior living organizations. Specifically, there are two key stakeholder groups providers need to target when thinking about their market audience, the baby boomers and millennials  . As roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, the aging services spectrum enters a large period of scale. We now see a trend in non-traditional healthcare players entering the industry as they discover their unique role in solutions around aging, from technology to transportation. Senior living providers will need to adapt and evolve to meet the new preferences and characteristics of the baby boomer generation to connect with the new older adult. 


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James Wright, nationally recognized diversity and inclusion strategi st.
 

It is a pivotal moment in California's history.  The Small House Pilot Program   is now live, and it has the potential to clearly demonstrate that there is a better way to deliver skilled nursing care. This profound opportunity requires that nursing home providers across the state, take a stand, and say, NOW IS THE TIME!

The wait has been long, making this moment all the more powerful.  In 2013, through a tenacious journey,  Mt. San Antonio Gardens  became the first  Green House Project  in California. The work that they did to make regulatory gains with stakeholders across the state blazed a trail and were codified in late 2012, as Governor Brown signed into law  Senate Bill 1228  (introduced by Sen. Elaine Alquist). 

 Sonya Barsness is a proud gerontologist with over 20 years of experience. Gerontology is the multidimensional, non-medical, study of aging. This is important because each one of us is multi-dimensional. Aging is multi-dimensional.  Her mission is to help person-centered values come to life in order to better support people in growing older and growing with dementia.

Hi. My name is Sonya and I have behavioral and psychological symptoms of Sonya (BPSS). Yes, it is true. You see, sometimes when I am doing something I don't want to do, I get agitated. And then there are the times when I am tired or not interested and I have apathy. The other day I was combative when my husband tried to feed me a strawberry and I pushed his hand away (I really do not like being fed by others, although I really like strawberries.). I irritably yelled at my computer for several minutes this morning when I read the headlines. I am anxious any time I have to drive in this heavily congested area. Unfortunately, I also am paranoid. I KNOW that my husband took the car keys and hid them from me.
Maybe you are saying, "Sonya, what are you talking about? BPSS? Why can't you just say you are angry or anxious? Why the labels? You are so weird."


For our next series, we visited Pompano Beach, Fla., where a retirement community known as John Knox Village is located-about 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. On the campus are 12 Green House homes, which are small, resident-centered homes designed intentionally to counter the institutional feel of traditional nursing homes. A key feature of a Green House home is that staff and residents are empowered to live and work together as a team. 
Helping to make this team operate smoothly are Sages, who hold an esteemed position within the home. For this series, we interviewed Sages, all of whom have a lifetime of experience from which to draw upon to assist elders and others within the home. We will let our first interviewee, Diane, explain the purpose of a Sage: "As part of structure of this place they look for volunteers to act as Sages, because we're old and wise and we've had experience working with groups, mentoring people, and problem solving with people. 
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Where does one begin to describe The Green House difference? There just are not enough superlatives.  So how about I start here? I do not believe that my mother would be alive today if she had received care anywhere else.
 
A Green House home is different, and you know it the minute you see the beautiful building, and step inside.  My mother was transported to  The Green House homes of Green Hill by ambulance.  Both of the EMT personnel were taken aback when they arrived. They thought they were in the wrong place.  Surely this was someone's private home, not skilled nursing!
My mother is 89, petite, and living with dementia.  She went to the hospital because she had a swollen tongue, trouble swallowing and they feared she may have had a stroke. 


Upcoming Workshops and Webinars


Don't miss this chance to learn about the growing evidence base for the Green House model  hands-on in Colorado.  
Learn how providers are seeing positive financial, clinical and quality of life outcomes.
 
 
 


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THE GREEN HOUSE Newsletter

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