September 2013

In This Issue
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dementia
Go Small and Go Home - Ingrid Weaver and the Porter Hills Green House Project
Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care is told that Direct-Care Workers may be the Best Leaders of Interdisciplinary Senior Care Teams
New Toolkit to Help Communities Personalize Care in Nursing HomesEmpowered Staff Video: Celebrating 10 years of The Green House Project
A Pre-Conference Intensive for Shahbazim at The 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration: A Day to Explore the Coordinator Roles and Relational Coordination in Green House Homes
Seniors Aid New Hampshire at the Pioneer Network Conference
Summer Fun 2013
Celebrating 10 Years of Leading a Legacy

 

  
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Changing performance metrics can catalyze a dramatic improvement. I recall the story of Walgreens in the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Collins and his research team describe Walgreens as nothing more than a sleepy retail pharmacy chain that limped along for years before a dramatic rise to great results that lasted for over 15 years. The researchers examined what triggered the change and discovered that Walgreens had deviated from the industry norm of measuring their performance. All retail pharmacies, including Walgreens before their rise to greatness, had used one key performance metric to measure their performance - revenue per square foot per store. When Walgreens began measuring their own performance with a new measure...

 

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Buy in bulk, most people say. That's how you save. So they flock to big box stores and buy big boxes of things to get them on the cheap. Likewise, the companies that serve people buy in bulk-like fast food chains-and the ingredients are cheap and there's not a lot of variation on the menu but it's affordable to the people they serve. The companies make money and we save money. And this is how it goes.

And so went elder care. Large institutional facilities housing and caring for large groups of elders was seemingly the only way to make the field of elder care financially feasible-both for the entities offering it and for the seniors needing it.

   

 

 

via McKnights Long-Term Care News

 

For those of us steeped in THE GREEN HOUSE® Project core values, we have long recognized and honored the critical role that direct care workers provide every day.  Now members of the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care have also learned about their vital importance.  Experts told the group during a public hearing in late August, that healthcare professions from different disciplines must develop teamwork skills-another foundational aspect of The Green House model:  Clinical Support Teams working with our Shahbazim as care partners. 

 

 

  
  

In November we will be celebrating the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Boston, MA.  THE GREEN HOUSE® Annual Meeting & Celebration is an event exclusively available to Green House adopters for sharing, learning, and celebrating the growth of The Green House model!  The Annual Meeting honors organizations for their commitment to create real home, empowered staff, and meaningful lives for elders. Sessions provide peers with an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned, revisit skills for coaching leaders, and build relationships to support sustainable change. One of the thought leaders presenting at the meeting this year is Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma and we are pleased to share the below information on her latest project.graph one 

 

In May 2013, Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a national long-term care collaborative aiming to improve quality of care, launched a toolkit to help communities provide more personalized care for their residents (www.nhqualitycampaign.org).  The toolkit makes it easier for staff to learn about resident preferences, see how well care aligns with resident wishes, and problem solve when there are gaps.

 

 
  
  

 On the day a Green House home opens the Shahbazim become the managers of the home as well as partners to the Elders.  It requires a deep understanding of the systems that support the home. The core functions include the Food, Scheduling, Care, Team, and Housekeeping systems and the Coordinator Roles each Shahbaz fills on a rotating basis.  These functions are the guts of the home and to be successfully carried out require strong relationships and excellent communication.  If the systems work, the days go smoothly. Without good systems, respectful relationships and high communication it can be a rocky road!

 

 

 

Last month, at the Pioneer Network 2013 Conference, a session entitled "Networking Elders to Provide Them with a Greater Voice," engaged audience members by inviting Elders themselves to talk about their peer networking and advocacy work.  These Elders were introduced as members of an organization called "Seniors Aid New Hampshire" (SANH). They are a community of Elders that live in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Independent living settings throughout their state. With the help of a conference call line, they have joined together each month over the past seven years to host senators, state representatives and members of government agencies in addition to advancing their own community organizing and advocacy agenda. As a result of their organizing, these Elders even provided video testimony in a Senate Committee hearing regarding medication administration.

 

 

 
This summer, Elders across the country in Green House homes took advantage of all that summer time has to offer.  There were old fashioned picnics, gardening, barbecues, concerts, car shows, and quality time spent relaxing on the porch in good company and good music. Elders in the Green House homes did it all.   Summer might be over, but you can still get a glimpse into the fun...
 
  

 

Anna Ortigara
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Mary Hopfner-Thomas
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Rachel Scher McLean
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THE GREEN HOUSE Newsletter
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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