Reimagining Elder Care: The Green House Project

My hope would be that this is a profound wake-up call and an opportunity for policy makers, regulators and society at large to take a look and see that we’ve been warehousing [the elderly] for a long time. This pandemic has shone a light that we never had before. We need to establish a coalition of stakeholders – policy makers, regulators, providers — and tap into their expertise for what could work. We need to ensure we are looking at this systemically and that we don’t endeavor to apply quick fixes to make it better. We need to think about how did we get here and why did we think warehousing was OK?

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  • 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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”