Milwaukee, WI, will soon join two other VA sites in providing Green House homes for veterans. With one Green House home currently in construction, and plans for three more, the Milwaukee VA is adopting an evidence-based model of long-term care for elders.
The Milwaukee VA Center recently wrote about the construction of the Green House homes and what it means for their veterans. From the article
“This takes the institutional setting out of nursing home care, which is something we have been moving toward since 2006,” said Mary Pfeiffer, who also serves as co- divisional manager in RECC, but has a nursing background.
“Our current Community Living Center and the Green Houses will operate at the same time, and both serve a specific need. Because the Green Houses are cozier with private rooms, front porches and sun rooms, it will be much easier for people to adapt to that environment. They’ll offer more quiet and individualized care, which is ideal for those patients who have dementia or those who fare better in a quieter environment.”
Certified Green House homes accommodate up to 12 residents and have a “real home” look and feel. They also have highly-trained staff that provide individualized care for elders. Research
shows that elders receive 4 times more meaningful interaction with staff members than in a traditional nursing home, and this results in people being happier and healthier. It is the deep-knowing relationships that create an environment where people’s natural rhythms and preferences are honored and respected.