Could the Pandemic Transform Nursing Homes?

“Those that build Green Houses or provide private rooms, for example, could get paid a higher rate from Medicaid, John Ponthie adds. The government could also offer more low-interest construction financing to build small homes, as the Mustard Seed Project did. It received a $7.8 million low-interest construction loan from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program and raised $5.6 million through state and county government, foundations and the community for its Green Houses.”

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  • “Analysts say the nursing-home model is outdated.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