News, Events & Updates from
The Green House Project
Green House Responds to COVID-19
If you saw our email last week, you know that we have been hard at work developing ways to support our fellow heroes in senior living.

To that end, we have launched the following:
  • A new eight-webinar COVID-19 series that explores how the values of The Green House Project can profoundly address COVID-19- specific issues in long-term care;
  • A nurse webinar on May 6 to recognize and celebrate nurses as part of National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12);
  • A special toast to nurses on May 11 at 5:00 p.m.
  • A two-part nurse-focused webinar series that examines ways to support each other as well as residents as we contend with the stress (and sometimes trauma) of the pandemic;
  • A new virtual workshop that offers a deep dive into all things Green House model; and
  • An initiative on the Green House Facebook page aimed at lifting up stories of community resilience by sharing positive stories (as well as informative updates) from across the country about what nursing home providers are doing to keep elders safe, healthy, and connected.

We offer these events to bring value to both our adopters as well as others in the field who want to share experiences of their own and learn from others. In addition, please know that we continue to be deeply grateful for those on the frontlines who are working tirelessly everyday to battle COVID-19.

Please continue scrolling down for more details and links to these events.
Green House Model Garners Media Attention Amid
It's difficult to open a newspaper, look at a Facebook feed, or watch TV news without hearing about the ill effects of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living communities. What's more, senior living appears to be getting a great deal of unfortunate and unwarranted negative media attention.

The Green House Project supports wholeheartedly the incredible work that long-term and post-acute care providers are doing to ensure staff and elders safe, healthy, and connected.

That said, we have been contacted recently by local and national media outlets that have heard about the Green House model and the unique design and care elements that make it a potential model for preventing and managing coronavirus outbreaks.

In fact, the Richmond-Times Dispatch interviewed Senior Director Susan Ryan last week for a story about a nursing home medical director who is planning to build Green House homes and has touted its benefits in light of his own experience managing a COVID outbreak at the nursing home where he works.

This week, Ryan will be interviewed by reporters from HuffPost and the National Association of Realtors.

Please watch this newsletter for updates on those stories.
From COVID-19 ground zero, Dr. Jim Wright of Canterbury...

Long before the onslaught of COVID-19 overwhelmed Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Dr. Jim Wright had been looking for land outside of Richmond where he could pioneer a different way of caring for the elderly.....

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Green House Meets COVID-19: Webinar Series Launches
As you may have seen last week, our new webinar series on COVID-19 has launched, with the first event taking place THIS THURSDAY at 2:00 p.m .

This can't-miss series brings together people from within and outside of the Green House homes to share their experiences managing, leading, and contending with coronavirus outbreaks, including those who have lived through it, some who have kept it at bay, and many who continue to keep elders connected yet safe amid forced isolation.

Following are details about the first two webinars, on April 30 and May 7, respectively. Please click HERE for details and registration for all eight webinars in the series.
April 30: Courage Amid Chaos: Leadership's Role in Calming the Storm
Senior living communication and outreach in managing COVID-19 and the role that leaders play in calming a system, with Carol Silver Elliott, president & CEO of Jewish Home Family (and chair of LeadingAge), and Eric Riguerra, director of nursing, also at Jewish Home Family.

May 7: Lessons Learned on the Frontlines of COVID-19
Two nursing home medical directors share their experiences being on the frontlines of COVID during outbreaks, with Jonathan Evans, MD, former chair of AMDA, The Society for Post Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, and Jim Wright, MD, with Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Richmond, Va.

Join Us for a Toast to Kick Off Nurses Week: A Special Zoom Call on May 11 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern
JOIN US as we raise a toast to nurses on May 11 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern! This half-hour event will celebrate nurses, the healthcare heroes who get things done everyday!

On behalf of the Green House Project team, Board Chair Steve McAlilly will give a toast, followed by a special performance by Perrin York, singer and songwriter who recently competed in Season 3 of ABC's "American Idol."

This is an event you don't want to miss, as we honor nurses everywhere who are saving lives and connecting with elders like never before.

Please join us HERE on a Zoom call at
5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 11!
National Nurses Week Webinar Celebrates Nurses
Please join us on May 6 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern for a very special webinar in recognition of National Nurses Week 2020.

We will celebrate nurses as well as recognize the pivotal role they are playing in managing the pandemic in long-term care settings. In addition to hearing from Dr. Jonathan Evans about his lived experience working with nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19, nurse and researcher Barbara Bowers, PhD, will examine the evidence that supports the role of the nurse within the a person-centered model and how it supports effective management of outbreaks such as COVID-19. 

This webinar offers one (1) contact hour via the Maryland Nurses Association.
Join Us for a Hashtag Campaign in the
Spirit of Nurses Week
In addition to celebrating nurses with a webinar and toast, we are initiating a social media hashtag campaign to in gratitude to nurses everywhere who are putting their lives on the line to fight COVID-19.

With this in mind, we are asking nurses, as well as those who work with and appreciate nurses, to post selfies in their PPE or in whatever garment they choose along with the #7DaysofGratitude hashtag .

We will collect and share these posts on our Facebook page, as they are posted on any of the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn .
Beginning May 12: Two-Part Series on Trauma-Informed Care & Strategies for Caregiver Wellness and Wellbeing
In this two-part webinar series, designed to celebrate and recognize nurses during National Nurses Week and 2020 being the Year of the Nurse, Dr. Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L, will examine many aspects of caregiver care and wellness amid COVID-19. 

Both webinars offer one (1) contact hour each for nurses.

Part 1 (May 12): Trauma Informed Care Amid COVID-19

This webinar examines trauma-informed care as it relates to staff and residents' experiences amid COVID-19. Dr. Weissberg will explore the key elements of a trauma informed approach to care and apply these to the current pandemic environment. She will also offer guidance and practical strategies for addressing residents and staff during this crisis.
Part 2 (June 23): Wellbeing of Healthcare Workers During COVID-19

This webinar examines techniques supervisors can utilize for effective, empathic management. Dr. Weissberg will offer strategies, exercises, activities, and considerations for stress management, sleep, and social connectedness.

Green House Introduces Its First Virtual Workshop
Introducing the first Green House Virtual Workshop on June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom .

Designed to give forward-thinking providers and developers more in-depth information about the Green House model, this interactive event will connect you with leaders from Green House homes, financial feasibility and market study experts, architects, designers, and more. 

This workshop offers five (5) contact hours through NAB.
Green House Participates in Giving Tuesday on May 5
As we grapple with the devastation of COVID-19 across the world and within the United States, we at The Green House Project are cheering on our fellow senior living colleagues, many of whom are working around the clock to save lives and keep elders safe and healthy.

We are also grieving for those who have lost elders and staff members to the virus, as we recognize the incredible connections that are formed between care partners and elders, as well as the dedication and hard work that is long-term and post-acute care.

This life-altering experience has emboldened our team to fight harder than ever to develop elder care communities that create real homes, meaningful lives, and empowered staff. Since 2003, we have relied on grant support, consulting funds, and other means to fight for elder care that is radically non-institutional, person-directed, and relationship rich.

With this in mind, we ask that you support us in the spirit of #GivingTuesdayNow initiative, a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The link below allows you to either give once or set up a monthly gift that will help us continue offering COVID-19 webinars, sharing stories of heroism, and building nursing homes that are equipped to not only manage COVID-19 and other viruses, but also (and more importantly) to ensure the dignified quality of life experiences that Green House offers.

As we get closer to Giving Tuesday on May 5, you will hear more from us on how your gift can help us continue fighting this good fight for improved elder care, intelligent environments, and excellent care.