Samantha Snapp, RN, DON:
“The major difference between a traditional nursing home and a Green House home for nurses is the relationships that develop. The Green House concept creates an environment that allows nurses to build lasting relationships with elders. It allows them the time they need to focus on the holistic needs of the elder, not just their medical needs. The nurses are able to recognize subtle changes in the elder’s condition quickly because they know them so well. This model gives nurses the time they need to care for their elders instead of being rushed.
It also creates an environment that allows nurses and shabazim (c.n.a) to work as partners to provide the best care possible. There is no “charge” nurse concept in the Green House homes. The nurses work very closely with the shabazim to coach, mentor, and teach them instead of be in charge of them.
Since our Green House homes have opened, we have seen elders walk that did not in the traditional setting. We see elders become more independent. We have seen less weight loss, better skin integrity, and less falls in this setting.”