The 8th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration is This Week!

2014 Green House Conference
2014 Green House Conference
On November 16th - 18th Green House adopters from across the country will be in Broomfield, Colorado for the annual conference.
This year 240 adopters/supporters will be in attendance.  They will represent 52 different organizations from 32 states. It is an excellent time to connect with fellow Green House pioneers, to learn, grow and leave inspired to lead as we continue to champion change that 
meaningfully impacts the lives of Elders!

The Green House Project 's founder and Director of Innovation,  Dr. Bill Thomas , has been honored as one of the 50 remarkable people on Next Avenue's first annual " Influencers in Aging " list.

"We need elders more than ever, because of their unique ability to enrich us. They are the human equivalent to super glue," said Dr. Thomas.
The list, which was published on October 28, 2015, includes thought leaders, executives, writers, artists, researchers, experts and everyday people who are changing how we age and think about aging in America.

October 21st was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting ceremony and all those who attended the  Morris Hall Meadows Grand Opening couldn't have been more pleased with the homes and the weather!
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., along with representatives from  The Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Green House Project, local, county and township officials all offered their words of praise and support for the six new skilled nursing Green House homes.  Ten elders will live in each home, which will include their own private bedroom and bath, a central heath area with a fireplace, full kitchen with home cooked meals and a dining area.
For the first time since Rhode Island imposed a moratorium on additional nursing home beds nearly 20 years ago, a state approved project is getting underway in East Greenwich.   Saint Elizabeth Home  broke ground on October 27th  and will build four Green House homes.

"It has been a long road to get to today," said Steven J. Horowitz, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community.  "We first heard about Green House homes in 2006, but it all  began in earnest for our organization in 2009 when we took a group of our nursing home resident on an overnight beach vacation to Cape Cod." Horowitz says, "This showed us how quality of life for nursing home residents could greatly be enhanced through smaller home environments and empowered/cross trained employees."

We need your voice for a national survey to assess the adoption of Person-Centered Care practices in nursing homes across our country.  Originally a survey was done in 2007 and it's now time to update that data!  Please help our friends from The Rothschild Foundation, in collaboration with IDEAS Institute, Perkins Eastman and The Beryl Institute in taking the pulse of Person-Centered Care!

The  LeadingAge Conference last week in Boston was attended by over 8,000 participants!  It is one of the largest conference for aging services professionals.  The Green House Project team attends every year and also participates as an exhibitor.   We enjoyed seeing many of our Green House adopters and friends in long term care.
Enjoy the story below from Dr. Eleanor Barbera of McKnight's, she visited the  Leonard Florence Center for Living Green House homes and has written about The Green House Project in the past.

Policy makers have the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of elders and long term care providers.  Recently,  The Green House Project  participated in the Briefing on  Association of Jewish Aging Services  (AJAS) Innovation and Technology.  Some innovations were technical in nature and some were a result of old fashioned intuition and common sense. The Administration and government representatives were duly impressed with what they heard through these AJAS presentations.
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Terry Rogers, President & CEO of Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, in Birmingham, AL was recently highlighted in The Green House Project's Leadership webinar series. His organization includes, St. Martin's in the Pines, a continuing care retirement community and home care service in Birmingham, with nine Green House cottages.  Terry's inspiration for a career in health came from observing his mother as caregiver to family members and neighbors, graduate from nursing school, and enter the home health profession. After graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Terry began his healthcare administration career in business and operations positions with home health agencies, hospitals, and the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, where he has served as President & CEO since 2000.

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December 15

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