$1.3B in Funding for Small Homes in Peril

Green House Project Senior Director Susan Ryan said in a statement to Skilled Nursing News that while the organization fully supports the efforts included in the bill, leaving out the pilot program “is a missed opportunity to strike at the heart of the problems in the sector.”

“New guardrails on the current system will not change the fact that most nursing home residents live in outdated institutions with limited privacy, dignity, or autonomy,” Ryan said.

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  • “Analysts say the nursing-home model is outdated.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.”

  • “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.

  • “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.”

  • 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.”