May 2014

In This Issue
Talk about The Green House Project during National Nursing Home Week
Second Wind Tour Update
7th Eden Alternative International Conference: Green House Staffers Present on a Wide Variety of Culture Change Issues
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota: Despite Harsh Winter, Major construction Progress has Occured
Toni Lynn Davis: Best Fifty Women in Business in NJ
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This may very well be the right time for your organization to consider Green House homes.


In a recent post by Senior Housing News they highlighted THE GREEN HOUSE® Project as a way to revamp traditional nursing care, explored the return on investment for Green House homes, and discussed how some providers have adopted the model to address specific concerns in their state.


The physical environment of each Green House home is designed to transform the institutional nursing facility into a small, residential environment that is home to 10 to 12 elders.  Green house homes fit within the current regulatory and reimbursement structures, and are thus able to nurture people of all abilities, disabilities and financial circumstances.


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Decade of Green House Design Lessons

Read the story from Environments for Aging and learn about the evolving design changes taking place in Green House homes.  

This year, Christian Care Communities broke ground on the first Green House homes in Kentucky.  Rick Marshall, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Christian Care Communities, was recently featured in  , a business journal.  In this personal highlight, Rick says beginning construction on the future Green House homes at The Homeplace at Midway was the highlight of his year.


Rick also describes his 25 year career in health care and the importance of a wellness approach to health care. 

Click here to read more about Rick's career in healthcare. 
7th Eden Alternative International Conference: Green House Staffers Present on a Wide Variety of Culture Change Issues  

The Eden Alternative is celebrating 20 years in 2014!  So, the conference last week was time for a celebration and a chance for thought leaders and partners from across the country to share their knowledge and experience with conference participants.  Below are highlights from just a few of the sessions led by Green House team members.



Bringing Eden Alternative Principles to Hospice: Treading New Ground


Person-centered care can be a powerful differentiator in competitive hospice markets. The Eden Alternative Philosophy can help hospices deal with financial realities like the increased focus on efficiency dictated by Medicare reimbursement cuts, as well as the employee stress and dissatisfaction caused by these changes.   It's also an important way for hospice organizations to demonstrate to staff that they remain focused on their clients and mission, despite the economic challenges.


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Since the beginning of this year, the Peer Network Model Integrity Committee has worked hard to establish goals for creating a benchmarking system based on the Green House Project core values and clearly defined essential practices. These goals are:

-          To develop a credible, efficient, and effective system to monitor, assist and promote excellence among Green House Model adopters

-          To create this system using a set of Standards of Excellence that in content and application become the gold standard in benchmarking superior performance in  Long-Term Care


This initiative, led by the Peer Network Model Integrity Committee in partnership with Peer Network Project Guide Marla DeVries and consultant Sandy Ransom, will include both quantitative and qualitative elements.  According to Sandy, "We want to be able to clearly show, in quantifiable terms, the Green House difference. This will enable both adopters and the Green House Project Team to definitively show that general long-term care expectations are exceeded in Green House homes, and people experience a greater sense of home and autonomy."


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Are you interested in spreading the word about the Green House model and bringing Green House homes to your community? You're invited to join Green House adopters and enthusiasts across the country next week during National Nursing Home Week® to educate your local communities and policymakers about The Green House difference.


This year, the American Health Care Association is using the Hawaiian theme, "Living the Aloha Spirit," for National Nursing Home Week. According to their website, this aloha spirit means that "... the people of Hawaii are encouraged to treat others with deep care, respect and humility, leading to individuals creating a better world."

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Mary Hopfner-Thomas
Rachel Scher McLean

Tara Cugelman-McMahon

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

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