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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  • “The Green House model costs no more to the consumer than traditional facilities and offers a philosophy of care that emphasizes quality of life, emotional well-being, and elder choice. That has led to everything from better clinical outcomes to higher levels of family and elder satisfaction and lower depression rates among elders.”

  • This not-for-profit organization committed to redefining traditional nursing homes has garnered extensive media exposure for defying the odds.

  • The word “facility” was outlawed when talking about the Green House Project. The word “home” evolved to mean “facility” in the past, but we’re taking it back and embracing the real meaning. It’s never going to be exactly like a person’s very own home, but the concept of care revolves around each individual and their preferences and their needs, their lifestyle, their skills and abilities, their memories.

  • “What we’re building is a Green House Project model; it’s a small-hearth home model, so for example if there’s a resident whose family wants to come and bake cookies, they can do that in the common kitchen. The whole effort is to make it feel like home and not a facility.”