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Green House in the News2023-04-27T17:21:06-04:00

Caring for an Aging U.S. Population — the Good News and the Bad News

"Alternatives to traditional nursing homes for older adults who cannot remain in their own homes has prompted interest in smaller, community-style facilities such as the Green House model. Staff are used more flexibly in the Green House model, and work with small clusters of residents; the model’s success, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, has attracted interest as an alternative to traditional nursing homes.

Task force recommends state reduce reliance on nursing homes

"Some suggestions included increasing state investment in home care, incentivizing a transition toward fewer-occupant rooms and Green House-style facilities, standardizing the Medicaid reimbursement system with data-based adjustments over time, increasing audits and financial transparency requirements for nursing homes, and building workforce pipelines into the sector through scholarships and more flexible training programs."

Inside Successfully Obtaining Loans for Nursing Home Projects Amid Harsh Financing Environment

"Knowing how community ties can help providers obtain capital, and what type of loan is most industry-friendly can be successful steps towards garnering capital for senior care projects. Taking steps to minimize risk for the lender is another huge factor in attracting capital, according to experienced lenders and those involved in nursing home projects said during a recent webinar hosted by the Green House Project."

Advocates call for ACA-backed demonstration projects in nursing home sector

"She calls it the Einstein option, and includes in her standards for innovation commitments to person-directed care, especially training; small home models; alternative payment policies; and development of a stronger direct care workforce. Even a $600 million investment to kick off such catalytic change, she said, would cost just one-tenth of 1% of SNF spending over the next three years."

Long-term care providers clamor for innovation to avert closing shop

“There is always going to be a portion of people who require maybe a more intensive level of care and also always a proportion of people who would prefer to receive care in a communal setting. How are you setting yourself up to be that provider of choice in a market where maybe there’s less global demand for nursing home beds, but people want privacy, people want to really know their caregivers?”

A Place for Dignity in Eldercare?

"The evidence so far is that the staff is significantly more engaged with residents, avoidable hospitalizations and readmission rates are lower, and family satisfaction is higher. Perhaps most surprising to those who focus on costs, both interventions saw operating margins and market position tick up."

Green House providers finally finding traction with state governments

"Providers pursuing Green House projects and prioritizing steps to enhance care quality such as private rooms have won significant victories on Medicaid reimbursement funding in Ohio. The state’s budget has added significant funding for skilled nursing facilities beginning in 2024, including incentives for providing quality care that are still unusual from state governments."

Meaningful activities enable person-directed living

"CFI and its two organizations, The Green House Project and Pioneer Network, are known for ensuring the advancement of person-directed, relationship-rich living among all aging services settings. In Green House homes and other settings committed to non-institutional models of care, contextualizing and normalizing activities as part of everyday life is key to operations."

3 Experiments To Help Reduce Senior Care Worker Shortages

"Three modest, low-cost experiments may help in small ways today and point the way to bigger, longer-term solutions ... One idea, designed by a group of creative nursing home operators under the banner of the Center for Innovation, is built around interactive training modules that teach staff how to better provide true resident-centered care."

Experts share ways to maximize organizational investment in training

"Long-term care leaders and managers have 'superpowers' that can improve their organizations’ return on investment in corporate training, according to experts speaking at a recent webinar sponsored by the Green House Project. Resources that can help managers avoid the challenges they face may be untapped, said Marla DeVries, chief learning officer at Green House Project’s parent organization, the Center for Innovation."

Experts create new vision for senior living

"At the Center for Innovation’s 2023 conference this summer, C-suite leaders were challenged to build the aging support system of their dreams. ... Relying solely on ideas and concepts presented at major industry conferences, the authors warned, is a risk for today’s aging services giants. 'There will be nothing stopping outside competitors from entering the scene and redefining aging for themselves.'"

How Nursing Homes Failed to Protect Residents From Covid

Facilities could improve their ventilation systems. They could abandon “semiprivate” rooms for private ones. Dividing buildings into smaller units with consistently assigned staff — an approach pioneered by the Green House Project — would both bolster relationships and reduce residents’ exposure to infection from workers coming and going.

Anderson: Fix long-term care, starting in these 3 areas

AARP Iowa state director Brad Anderson: "Another approach would be investing in Green House homes, which are small skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities with private rooms, kitchens, and living rooms that look and feel like a home. These homes provide better care with lower staff turnover and are popping up in states across the country. Let’s start trying this model in Iowa."

Global aged care alliance forms consortium to advocate for small household models

"CEO Susan Ryan highlighted the advantages of small-home alternatives, particularly underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, which demonstrated their resilience compared to traditional eldercare settings. She expressed her delight in collaborating with partners from around the world to share their knowledge and build the next generation of eldercare services and support."

Green House Homes coming to Australia

"In May 2023, Susan presented at the ARIIA conference Facing The Future: Aged Care 2030 and Beyond #ariiaconference2023, in Adelaide, South Australia. She spoke with Re Aged Care about the Green House Project and its commencement in Australia."

How person-centered care can improve outcomes for people with dementia

“Our Best Life approach comprehensively and holistically looks at who the person is and [asks] how do we really ensure each person is living his or her best life? It’s really about seeing the person,” Ms. Ryan explained.  “As it pertains to somebody living with dementia, how many times do we just focus on loss and decline and say they can’t do that anymore? We have labels and we see the label before we see the person. “I challenge you to see who that person is. We’re going to shift beliefs.”

Innovation in Senior Living Facilities Design

"Founded in Rochester in 1997 by a group of forward thinkers, the Pioneer Network has since evolved through a partnership with The Green House Project (GHP) into the Center for Innovation. The new alliance focuses on supporting eldercare reform initiatives and educating and advising eldercare organizations that seek to initiate changes to the cultural, organizational, and physical structures of the traditional nursing home."

Green House model expands to Australia with ACH Group

"There is an increasing urgency and growing expectation for change in Australia – driven by residents, customers, workers, and regulators alike – to move to a model of care where the priority is the older person’s preferences and staff skills are developed and nurtured. The Green House Project delivers this."

Local News

The Green House Cottages of Northwest Arkansas unveils renovated facility

"The incredible leaders at this facility have not only created a state-of-the-art long-term care facility but also crafted a nurturing home where residents can live lives filled with purpose, joy, and fulfillment," said Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman. "As we unveil these remarkable renovations, we also celebrate the power of empathy and quality care for our aging population."

Valley Life: Jamie’s Place Spring Chicken Fundraiser

"Jamie’s Place is based on the Green House model, which de-institutionalizes the standard nursing home model through intentional community, intimate facilities, personalized care, and a degree of independence and control not typically seen in elder care. ... Although they are unique in senior care, at Jamie’s Place they are routine. 'All the best things at Jamie’s Place are completely normal.'"

Poydras Home’s Green House Project Aims to Destigmatize Aging

"A hallmark of The Green House Project is the elimination of the institutional feel of traditional, long-hallway nursing facilities. Instead, care is provided in small groups, in family-style settings. Big changes include private accessible bathrooms for each room and secure medicine cabinets that eliminate the need for rolling nurses’ carts. The nurses have an office, rather than a station. And there’s even a fire pit outside for residents to enjoy with each other and their families."

Poydras Home Unveils $23M Expansion and New Model of Care

“Today, the head of our hospitality department is doing culinary training with our care partners,” said Erin Kolb, Poydras Home CEO, at the event. “They will be cooking meals. Laundry will be done in a home, just like you and I live in. And that is one of the core values of a Green House home: creating meaningful life each day for the elders who live in that home and having a dedicated team of empowered staff to provide care.” “I am alive for these parties,” Holt said with a smile as music blared, people danced and others played yard games. “I love it up here. There’s no comparison.”

Traceway Retirement Community ‘Green Houses’ celebrate 20 years

Michael Holt has lived at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo for about two years. He said the community, which is set up like a normal subdivision with nursing home capabilities in each home, was unlike any other he’s seen. “I am alive for these parties,” Holt said with a smile as music blared, people danced and others played yard games. “I love it up here. There’s no comparison.”

Leaders Discuss Next Steps to Implement Small House Nursing Homes

“Part of this transformation must include reducing the imprint of nursing homes and making existing facilities more homelike, person-centered spaces. Green House and other small nursing home models have been very successful in achieving these goals in other states and should be developed in New Jersey as well.”

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