Shared Rooms Helped Fuel COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes. Are a Million Private Rooms Possible?
Private rooms alone won’t remedy nursing home system’s shortcomings. “The Green House model is a lot more than just the building,” says Alex Spanko. “It’s about the culture, too.”
‘This is a true milestone’: Newly written standards offer a road map for long-term care
“The only question,” Cook said, “is whether they will take the harsh lessons of the pandemic to heart and implement empowering care models such as Green House — or choose to ignore the experiences of elders and decades of research and build the exact same types of traditional, outdated buildings that failed too many Canadians before, during and after COVID-19.”
Why Nursing Home Reform Is Finally Coming
"Analysts say the nursing-home model is outdated. Many nursing homes are 40 or 50 years old, looking much like hospitals: large, impersonal and with shared rooms. Research has shown that smaller nursing homes — like ones known as Green Houses — often provide better, more personal care."
Skilled Nursing Game Changer: Calls for Innovation in HUD Financing Gain Momentum
“It’s important that we leverage what we learned … this could be a game changer, it could really provide that level of support and incentives to really help us achieve what we all want,” Susan Ryan, CEO for the Center for Innovation, told SNN.
Susan Ryan named to new top position at Center for Innovation
The Center for Innovation, or CFI, the parent organization of the Green House Project and Pioneer Network, is reorganizing its leadership as it focuses on growth. Susan Ryan will serve as the Center for Innovation’s first CEO ... Ryan has led GHP as it grew to include more than 370 homes in 32 states."
The Traditional Financing Source That Can Help Close Gaps in Nursing Home Innovation
"New HUD housing policy can align with and support calls for change in the nursing-home industry. Updating HUD’s existing public-private infrastructure with grants and loan terms targeted at specific innovations such as the small-home design, presents a logical place to originate much of the proposed reform that policy makers and consumers are advocating."
From Ideation to Standard Practice: Scaling Innovations in Long-Term Services and Supports
"Research demonstrated the relative advantage of Green House homes over traditional nursing homes. Technical assistance made the model less complex for potential adopters and less expensive because technical assistance staff worked with states to mitigate potentially costly regulatory hurdles and provide a process and model for the development of Green House homes."
Provider-supplied housing for nursing home staff catching on as retention tool
"One way to attract and retain nursing home staff is to house them in nearby, affordable apartments, an idea used with success by at least several healthcare companies on the East Coast. The latest to create this employee benefit is Navigator Homes of New England. It is in development to bring Green House Project-inspired homes to 70 seniors with skilled nursing needs in Martha’s Vineyard."
New Green House flexibilities expected to attract more skilled nursing operators
“After years of gathering and studying data about their small-home model of long-term care, Green House leaders made a calculated move this week to give skilled nursing operators more reasons to adopt the innovative model.”
Q&A: The Green House Project’s Susan Ryan
"The Green House model challenges caregivers to go beyond labels and always see the person behind them: the person who lived a full, rich life before requiring additional care and who deserves to keep living with that same richness amid the natural changes that come with aging."
At this Toronto long-term-care home, a little extra money has paid off handsomely — with time, respect and attention for residents
"It’s not just an exercise in kindness. Independent research shows that the residents living in the U.S.-based Green House Project homes (small households) have deeper relationships with staff, fewer trips to the hospital emergency department and fewer pressure ulcers or urinary-tract infections — conditions that can be serious for older adults and costly to the health-care system."
The Challenging Future of Long-Term Care for Older Adults
“A lesson from the Green House movement and from other countries’ experience is that training and permitting nurses and other care staff to deliver a range of services improves quality and job satisfaction as well as patient satisfaction.”
Aging well: Finally, boomers — and politicians — are paying attention
That's why there's a growing call for smaller households, like the Green House model, that can be created within larger care homes but also in residential communities.
With Regulatory Changes on the Horizon, Green House and Pioneer Network Join Forces
The Green House Project and Pioneer Network hope to draw on their decades of shared experience to improve the lives of people living in nursing homes, while also building a better eldercare infrastructure for future generations.
LTC alliance aims to bring ‘real systemic transformation’
By coming together, we can create a consolidated source of knowledge and best practices based on experience gained through both organizations’ years of work on the ground
Life plan communities earn high marks from residents
Communities that have adopted the universal worker model, espoused by the Green House Project, are seeing much higher levels of engagement than those with traditional workforce models.
Workforce Housing Proves to be Powerful Tool as Hiring, Retention Crisis Persists
Companies like Navigator Elder Homes of New England are teaming up with workforce housing developers to build apartment complexes for nursing home staff.
No Innovation Without Compensation: SNFs Need Federal Support to Realize Biden’s Private Room Plans
Removing financial barriers like access to capital and Medicaid underfunding would be a step toward nursing home innovation, Ryan said, like the shift to private rooms and the small home model.
LTC small homes could become big venture, but policy, funding must catch up
“People vote with their feet,” Ponthie said, adding that traditional rural providers are facing unprecedented closures. “During COVID, we grew our census. Everyone else had huge declines. Drop the mic. We’re done. The demand is there.”
Smaller and cozier than standard long-term care facilities, group homes may provide comparable care for some older adults
Residents can continue to live in a Green House home as their care needs progress, without having to undergo transfers to different facilities, which can be more traumatic as people age. Deinstitutionalization is a core value.
Green House Project Looks to Get More States to Incentivize its Small Home Model
“It’s important to me that we incentivize what we want to see incentivized and figure out how we increase quality at a lower cost and create something that meets consumer demand.”
PACE, Green House Project to forge partnerships
The Green House Project wants to provide a full continuum of care for residents, bridging the gap between home care and more extensive institutional care.
Changing nursing home culture
Listen to Passamaquoddy Lodge board president Caroline Davies and Nova Scotia Centre on Aging director Janice Keefe discuss the power of a proposed new Canadian Green House community set for groundbreaking in 2023!
Changes COVID-19 Brought to Long-Term Care Facilities
"The Green House Project is an innovative, nationally recognized model in LTCFs that creates small homes that recognize the individuality of residents and respect their autonomy, choice, privacy, and dignity, yet are also affordable."
How smaller long-term care homes can help address big elder-care issues
"We get a lot of referrals. ... We get people from other counties and other states. They come here and they're like, 'When I retire, when I have to go into a home, this is where I want to be because it's so homelike, it's so personal.'"