February 2013

In This Issue
The GREEN HOUSE Project Announces New Director
Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Highlights The GREEN HOUSE Project
Leading Age Names The GREEN HOUSE Project a Leadership Program to Watch in 2013
Redesigning the Nursing Home: How The Green House Project is Improving the Way We Care for Older Americans
Relational Coordination - A Practice with Big Benefits
Leading Age to Host a Luncheon and Briefing of The Green House Project
The Green House Website, Redesigned to be User-Friendly and Interactive
Green House homes are a viable lifestyle choice for communities of the future
Why I Love My Job

Celebrating 10 Years of Leading a Legacy



The first Coaching Supervision program was held in February, 2008 at the Green House Project offices in Arlington, Virginia. The program continues with classes twice a year and now includes Directors of Nursing.

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The 10th Anniversary of the first Green House project gives us the opportunity to celebrate a dream actualized. Over the course of the year, we will highlight the fact that we are a lasting and differentiated innovation that has achieved growth and excellence by reimagining long term care. This juncture provides an incredible platform to celebrate all of the success that we have achieved, and look forward to great things ahead. 

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David Farrell

David Farrell, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., a prominent, tireless, and lifelong advocate for improving the quality and changing the culture of long-term care, has been named director of The Green House Project. Farrell enters as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary and moves to spread its model for long-term care that looks and feels like a real home. He brings decades of...



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On February 8, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a policy briefing on Capitol Hill entitled, "Redesigning the Nursing Home: How The Green House® Project is improving the Way We Care for Older Americans".  Held in the one of the beautiful rooms of the Capitol Visitors Center Room, more than 100 representatives from Congressional offices, Congressional Committee staff, Federal, State and Municipal Government Agencies, as well as National and State Aging Organizations.


To expand the world of possibilities for aging, LeadingAge members and affiliates touch the lives of 4 million individuals, families, employees and volunteers every day. The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, education, and applied research. CEO, Larry Minnix, shared an inspiring blog... 


At this briefing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will share a pilot study showing Green House homes save Medicare and Medicaid dollars, as well as new consumer research showing that the Green House model is strongly preferred by family caregivers.


As we all know advances in medical equipment and technology play an important role in the care we provide Elders, but leaders must remember that staff and their relationships have the greatest influence on performance.   In the latest edition of Provider Magazine, relational coordination is explored as a critical element for high-performing nursing homes.  David Farrell, the new Director of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, is one of three authors...


On February 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Leading Age President and CEO, Larry Minnix and CEO of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Ron Yoder, will host a luncheon and briefing on The Green House Project at the national Leading Age office in Washington, DC. Many Leading Age members have adopted this innovative, small house model of long-term care around the country.



The cornerstone of The Green House Project is relationships.  We want that message to resonate through everything that we do, including our website.  In redesigning our website, we started with the questions: "What is the purpose of our website?" and " Who does our website serve?"  From this starting point we were able to work through an integrated and collaborative process that ultimately created a usable, interactive and...


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) sees Green House homes as a model that consumers prefer, and will demand.  A recent piece on this model for skilled nursing care highlights consumer research that found informal caregivers willing to drive further and pay more to have this as an option in their community, " The enthusiasm among informal caregivers doesn't just bode well for this market in the immediate future, but also in the longer term, when millions of boomers will need care themselves.


Shahbaz Sarah Hoffman from The Green House homes at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home shares why she truly loves her position:


Every Thursday in the Legacy building of our facility, they have bible study. As the elders are filing into the area, we have a pianist playing prelude, often one of our independent living volunteers. For various reasons our regular pianists could not make it yesterday, so...  

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Anna Ortigara
Mary Hopfner-Thomas
Rachel Scher

Published monthly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit www.thegreenhouseproject.org.

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