"This is my home," said Kay Larmor, an elder who currently lives at  Porter Hills Green House homes . "And I feel cared for."
The New York Times   recently explored the movement toward smaller nursing home residences, highlighting The Green House Project as the premiere example of this trend, "Green House homes were developed from a blank sheet of paper," said   Scott Brown, Director of Outreach  at The Green House Project. The results, he said, have been encouraging.  Studies  show that residents have higher-quality lives and significantly fewer hospital readmissions.

LONGMEADOW, MA- Martin W. Baicker, president and CEO,  Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) Lifecare, is pleased to announce JGS Lifecare will be working with  THE GREEN HOUSEĀ® Project to implement this revolutionary model of care in the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, currently under construction, and throughout the Leavitt Family Jewish Home community over the next 18 months.

"Green House has worked with over 170 nursing homes around the country," said Baicker. "They've helped establish a new standard in long term and post-acute care that's resulted in higher quality outcomes and increased elder and caregiver satisfaction," he added.

"JGS Lifecare has a strong reputation for high quality, with over a hundred years of commitment to elders, families and staff in the community. We commend them for their vision to further their mission by implementing The Green House model, and their commitment to transform long term care in western Massachusetts," said Susan Frazier Ryan, senior director, The Green House Project.

The 8th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration was a smashing success. Set against the breathtaking natural beauty of Colorado, 250 Green House adopters and supporters joined together to learn,network and grow. 

  "It is so inspiring to go to The Green House Annual Meeting and spend that time with people who have the same passion for culture change as I do." -Barb Lawrence, Guide, Willow Ridge Green House homes, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

The theme of the conference, Better Together,celebrated the diversity of The Green House network, and how everyone's unique experience reinforces the strength of the movement.

The holiday season in a nursing home is often filled with carolers, family visits and special treats. Activity rooms fill with elementary school children singing familiar Christmas songs as elders smile with enjoyment. Christmas trees adorn the lobbies, dining rooms and other places where space can be found. It is a festive time.
Often, Elders are passive observers of these festivities, but in The Green House homes, this is not the case. At Willow Ridge in Bluffton, OH, Elders not only sit back and enjoy, but are actively involved in decorating, planning special meals, making tree ornaments and even baking for the holidays. At Willow Ridge, the Elders are truly "home for the holidays."
Creating a special treat during this festive season isn't always we thought we'd remind you of a special recipe we highlighted two years ago.  

The recipe comes from Ms. Troxel, who lived in the Green House homes at St. Martin's in the Pines until her passing in 2014.  Ms. Troxel was not shy in front of a camera and we truly enjoyed her wonderful smile and outlook on life.  
In fact, this year when our cookbook was created for the annual conference, it was one of her pictures that was featured on the cover.  We hope you enjoy the recipe and this holiday season!

Issue: 12
In This Issue
Congratulations to Rebecca Priest, St. John's Administrator Named in Top 40 Under 40 by Rochester Business Journal in New York
Many of you have probably heard  Rebecca Priest on a Green House webinar or have seen her presentations at Annual Green House it comes as no surprise that the business community in Rochester, New York selected her as one of their honorees.
More than 800 folks attended the 21st annual  Rochester Business Journal 40 under 40 luncheon on November 19th.  The event is designed to celebrate leaders younger than 40 years old who demonstrate real leadership skills in their workplace.

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