Momentum Builds in 2016: Green House Homes Open Across the Country

Published On: March 26th, 2016By Categories: Blog

home croppedMichigan can be a cold location in January for a Grand Opening of Green House homes, but it was certainly warm and welcoming on the inside!  These two homes were developed by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.  415The festivities included a number of leaders from the area, along with Elders, families, staff and members of the press.  Lela, an elder moving into one of the homes attended the special Grand Opening event with special anticipation.  She had started the countdown to her move 191 days earlier and was most excited about her new home.
This organization is not new to culture change having been an Eden certified home for 15 years, however the opening of the skilled nursing Green House homes takes their journey to a whole new level!  They opened the first home to 10 elders on January 14th and the second will open soon once the licensing process is completed.
Renee Cunningham, Service Line Director of Nursing, explained that the opening and move went smoothly and that the past two months have been great.  “It went really well, better than I had expected by our both the community and residents!  Staff feel very committed to the homes, and family members often stay and have meals with their loved ones.  It’s such a warm environment”.   Renee went on to say that Lela has expressed many times that moving to the Green House home “was the best decision she’s ever made”.  Renee explained that Lela has “blossomed” in the home.
Those thoughts are echoed by team member, Dana DeRousse, “The opening of the Dana DeRousse_cropped_shahbaz_KalkaskaGreen House homes have been a phenomenal and humbling experience for me.  It doesn’t feel like I’m coming to work, more so coming into a home of myfamilymembers.  Being a Concierge CNA [their Shahbaz] is the kind of health care experience I was looking for when I first became a CNA.  It also challenges me as a person to try new things, like cooking that I really had no prior experience with.  I would highly recommend a position in a Green House home to anyone who is working as a CNA and I feel like The Green House Project is the absolute future of long term care”.
We congratulate the team at Kalkaska on their opening and look forward to many more Green House Homes opening in 2016:
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Green House Cottages of Carmel, Carmel, IN
6 Green House homes
Spring 2016
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The Woodlands, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, FL
12 Green House Homes
May 26th Grand Opening
Washington County
Washington County Nursing Home, Akron, CO
4 Green House homes
Summer 2016 opening
Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR
4 Green House homes
Summer 2016 opening
Clark Lindsey March 2016
Clark Lindsey, Urbana, IL
2 Green House homes
Fall 2016
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JGS Lifecare, Longmeadow, MA
2 Green House homes
Fall 2016
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan,   Detroit, MI
2 Green House homes – 1st PACE program
Winter of 2016