On September 24, in Urbana, IL, team members from the  Chicago office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman  joined leadership from  Clark-Lindsey  for the groundbreaking of the CCRC's new small homes for specialized dementia care-one devoted to assisted living and the other for skilled nursing care-that will follow  The GREEN HOUSE ® model . Each home will feature 12 private bedrooms, individualized care from specially trained caregivers, and home furnishings. 
The introduction of these homes not only marks the first Green House project in Champaign County but also a major step forward for how Illinois providers and regulatory officials are looking to institute efficient and innovative care models for elders. 
The Green House Project  works with organizations in over  30 states  to innovate long term care in a way that meets or exceeds the highest level of the regulations.  Collaboration with state regulators is pivotal to the success of the movement and well being of elders. To build and deepen relationships with regulators, Senior Director of The Green House Project,  Susan Frazier Ryan ,  recently attended the  Association of Health Facilitator State Agencies (AHFSA)  conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  This conference is an important opportunity to engage in dialogue with state regulators of skilled nursing homes and ensure that there is a clear understanding of The Green House model.

The buzz is about to begin!!  The  THRIVE research team, which collected information in and about  Green House homes and other nursing homes, completed its efforts.
In a few months, the THRIVE results will be published in  Health Services Research, one of the top journals that impacts health practice and policy.   So, to repeat:  the "buzz" is about to begin!  

The "Portrait of a Green House Leader" series seeks to highlight talented leaders in  The Green House  network. It is powerful on many levels to hear these thought leaders share their insight and wisdom. 
Southern Administrative Services is a progressive long-term care operating company with twenty-six affiliated nursing homes in Arkansas, including two Green House campuses (  Green House Cottages of Wentworth Place & Southern Hills ).
John's interest in long-term care began as a teenager working at a nursing home where he developed a love and appreciation for interacting with Elders. 

More than 400 of  The New Jewish Home's friends, care partners, colleagues and supporters joined them on Friday, October 2nd  at the AXA Auditorium in Manhattan as they hosted featured speaker,  Dr. Atul Gawande .  Author of the best-selling book,Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End , Dr. Gawande led the audience through the challenges we all face when making end-of-life choices for our loved ones and ourselves.  He spent some of his presentation highlighting the work of  Dr. Bill Thomas  and  THE GREEN HOUSE Project  by sharing how the model is transforming long-term care and allowing elders to define what a good day means for them. Dr. Gawande applauded The New Jewish Home's initiative in creating the  Living Center of Manhattan , which will be the first 20 story Green House in a major metropolitan area, and for already opening 3 small houses based on The Green House model in their Westchester nursing home, the Sarah Neuman Center. Dr. Gawande cited these as true examples of positive transformation in eldercare.

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Eating locally is a common phrase in the agricultural heavy Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but for Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community , eating locally took on  an entirely new meaning this summer.
The continuing care retirement community cultivated 1 ½ acres of land from its nearby farm for food production. The Farm at Willow Run owned and operated by VMRC began the growing season with an anticipated production yield goal of $24,000.
"Knowing where your food comes from is important, and the nutritional value of fresh produce grown nearby is excellent," said Eric Phipps, executive chef at VMRC.

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The highest honor anyone can receive in Colorado long term care is the Vesta Bowden Achievement Award.  This year's award was presented to Nancy Fox, Chief Life Enhancement Officer with  Vivage Quality Health Partners .
Nancy first applied her talents in the 1980s in Texas, including serving as an Administrator at a 120 bed facility, and then leaving to get her associate's training at  Eden in 1996. She was then "lured" to Colorado in 2008 to become Chief Life Enhancement Officer at Vivage where she, amongst other things, led the project development for the  Green House Homes at Mirasol, a 60-person skilled nursing community in Loveland, Colorado.

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Published monthly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit www.thegreenhouseproject.org