4th Quarter 2017                  
Last year was a record breaking year for The Green House Project and it appears 2018 will continue that momentum! 

41 homes were opened in nine states of which two were "first in state" openings!  Such an impressive year for our Green House partners-we look forward to continuing that momentum in 2018!  Right now, more than 20 Green House homes are slated to open next year and groundbreaking ceremonies are anticipated at seven organizations for a total of roughly 30 more Green House homes.

Here's a quick look at how 2018 is shaping up for grand openings and groundbreaking ceremonies:

Grand Openings:
Goshen, IN
3 homes
January




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At The Green House, vision is merged with rigor, passion with determination, and a belief  that there's never a best that can't be made better.   In their article, "A Better Kind of Nursing Home", The New York Times says, The Green House model is demonstrating that life in long term care can be different. With real life experiences to support the movement, and world-class research to keep improving, the potential for future impact is vast. 

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"Lots of things look different when you step into a small Green House nursing home.  The bright living and dining space, filled with holiday baubles at this season. The adjacent open kitchen, where the staff is making lunch. The private bedrooms and baths. The lack of long stark corridors, medication carts and other reminders of hospital wards."
 

Robyn Grant, public policy director for  The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care , emphasizes that the goal of this shift that The Green House Project is leading means "deinstitutionalizing nursing homes, making them more like the way we've lived all our lives, with our own routines and familiar objects."

 
"Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity" became more than a theme for the   2017 Green House Annual Meeting , it became a rallying cry. The world is at a pivotal point, and the meeting tapped into the collective potential of an innovative group to help shape the future. Over 250 people from around the globe converged in sunny Florida to connect, learn and grow. Hosted by the progressive and gracious   John Knox Village
attendees were able to experience the potential of The Green House model firsthand.  Coming on the heels of the devastating   Hurricane Irma , The Green House community came together to raise over $1200 for disaster relief, including many in-kind donations.  Engaged and generous  sponsors  add to the rich tapestry of learning, and enhance the conference experience.  Engaged and generous sponsors add to the rich tapestry of learning, and enhance the conference experience.  

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Evermore Founder  Sara McKee writes about what she learned at the recent  Green House conference about how we can tackle aged care challenges by keeping it simple, and the importance of celebrating differences. (Reposted from Evermore Blog)and those who work closest to them.   

I recently attended the annual Green House conference in Fort Lauderdale. It was fantastic to be in a T-shirt in November - having left rather chillier conditions back in Manchester.  It was also great to be with hundreds of believers from across America who are delivering a better way of living in older age, every day.  

I was the only English person at the conference alongside fellow international explorers from Panama, Brazil, Bermuda, Israel and Singapore. However, if you take the vast expanse that is the United States, then it felt truly multicultural with folks from Alaska to Colorado, Pittsburgh and Arkansas.


Many traditional nursing homes are scrambling to meet the new person-centered regulatory standards; however, it is business as usual for Green House homes.  What set's Green House homes apart is the comprehensive transformation of the homes... physical design, organizational structure and philosophy of care are all changed to reflect elder-directed care. The three Core Values: Real Home, Empowered Staff & Meaningful life provide a guidepost for establishing operational practices.

CMS is placing a larger focus on use of non-pharmalogical interventions and staff having appropriate competencies and skills. Appropriate treatment and services for Elders living with dementia is also emphasized in the new regulations.
A key element of The Green House model is the use of specially trained versatile workers, whose responsibilities include food preparation and service, activities, light housekeeping, and laundry. 


"To care well for others, we need to reinforce our own passion for what we do-and actively work to improve how to support our country's aging population today. That's exactly what we do at the  LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, our nation's largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field. In education sessions, during general sessions and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive."
Issue: 8
In This Issue
Lisa McCracken, Director of Senior Living Finance Research and Development with Ziegler will provide an overview of the key trends and innovations in Elder Care. This is the opening session of our Business Case series which will shed light on how The Green House model is a viable solution amidst the backdrop of a dynamic economy and healthcare climate.  


Robyn Stone, Senior Vice President of Research, LeadingAge, will provide an overview of the demographics, trends and challenges of the workforce in Elder Care. This is the opening session of our Workforce series. which will identify practices within The Green House model that create the potential for successful workforce development.

Dr. Al Power, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease, will look at the experience of dementia through the frame of well-being, and explore how this perspective is challenged, both by brain changes, our attitudes, and care systems.
 
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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