From Willow Ridge Mennonite Home Communities, Bluffton, Ohio​​​​, ​Heather Clum, director of nursing, and Jessica Guerro serve on a panel moderated by Lee Pelligrino, associate principal, Perkins Eastman.

All-private rooms set Green House homes apart from most nursing home environments. They are the most personal and individualized places in the house. These are important features to the building block of the home, but – just as in the shared areas of the house – the role of the Shahbaz is paramount to the wellbeing of each resident. This session examines how Shahbazim support dignity, privacy, and choice in Green House homes through the following topics:

Vestibule – Medication, documentation, supplies, coats, purses, and mobility devices

Bedroom – Resident control, including lighting, temperature, and views; technology; visitors; therapy; and lifts

Bathroom – The balance of resident autonomy with resident safety and resident and staff storage features, including floor drains and grab bars

Insights from COVID-19 – Ceiling lifts and better infection control, personal protection equipment, and sanitization along with individual, mechanically controlled air distribution