October 2014

In This Issue
Dr. Atul Gawande Examines Life Worth Living in Green House Homes
Project Update: Occupancy Faster Than Anticipated for First Green House Homes in Minnesota
Favorable Time for Financing in Senior Housing Market According to Provider Magazine
Louis "Lou" DeLucia - A Very Special Elder Who Inspired so Many
Long Term Care Community Coalition Reception Honors Mary Jane Koren
Join us at the Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo
7th Annual Green House Conference in November - A Time to Connect
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This month, Dr. Atul Gawande is promoting the release of his new book, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," which challenges readers to think carefully about the decisions they make for themselves and their loved ones at the end of life.


During an interview with the Diane Rehm Show on NPR this week, Dr. Gawande asked listeners to strive for more than simply "a good death." Instead, he says we must ask ourselves what brings the most meaning and purpose to our lives and fill our days with those things, to the best of our ability, until we die. During the interview, Dr. Gawande mentions The Green House Project as an organization that is working tirelessly to expand a model of autonomy, growth, and purposeful living to individuals at the end of their lives. The full interview transcript is here, in addition to the audio recording.


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It's the kind of issue that all marketing directors are happy to manage-an unexpected "rush" of Elders that want to move in ASAP to your new Green House homes!  Well that is precisely what happened at Water's Edge  in Mankato, Minnesota.


Since the first Elders moved in this past August...there has been a whirlwind of activity to welcome Elders into their new homes and to make sure that all hiring and training is accomplished on time.  In fact, during the first week of opening their first home, they moved in 9 Elders!  "We certainly hadn't planned it that way," said Director of Operations, Brooke Olson, "but it's not a bad problem to have so many Elders want to move in when you first open your doors!"


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Life is at quite active at The Green House Homes at Mirasol in Loveland, Colorado. Elders moved into the first of six homes in late September. We will have details of their October 21st Grand Opening events in next month's newsletter!


Click here for details on the kickoff celebration for Morris Hall Meadows in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Having come through the recession more intact than many other sectors, the environment for development is especially favorable right now for senior housing, according to experts.


In a recent edition of Provider Magazine, Imran Javaid, managing director, healthcare real estate, commercial and specialty finance, Capital One Financial Corp., explains, "A lot of players recognized that [seniors housing] had performed really well in the recession," says Javaid. "The demographics are positive, but also important is that it held better in the recession than some other classes they'd typically lend to. They really recognized that it is more resilient to recession and downturns because it's needs-driven."


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Saying goodbye is never easy.  Saying goodbye to a particularly adventurous soul - one who embodied so much of our vision to lead and inspire a shift in society's views

of elderhood -- is especially difficult.  Louis "Lou" DeLucia was a friend, a wise elder, an independent spirit, an advocate, and a shining example of what is unique and beautiful about the Green House model of skilled nursing care.


Lou challenged staff and fellow residents to "think outside the box."  Earlier this year, he came to the table at one of St. John's community-based Green House homes in Penfield, NY and said, "We should get a dog."  Lou had the insight to see how this pet could enhance their quality of life. Alexandra, or Lexi, as she's called, moved in on June 24, and has become a cherished companion.


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The Green House Project is proud to help support the Long Term Care Community Coalition's Sixth Annual Reception celebrating the life and work 

of Mary Jane Koren, M.D., M.P.H. at the Alzheimer's Association chapter in New York City.


The Coalition is honoring Dr. Koren at a reception on October 22nd for her dedication and passion for improving the lives of seniors in her work and research. Some of her accomplishments include her work as Vice President for LTC Quality Improvement at The Commonwealth Fund and her position as past chair of Advancing Excellence: Long-Term Care Collaborative.

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We hope you join us in Nashville at the Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo October 19-22. The meeting "connects thousands of aging services professionals who are facing the same triumphs and challenges that you face every day."


Come see us at booth 2331 where you will have a chance to win Atul Gawanded's 


new book,  Being Mortal, which highlights The Green House model as a place to live a meaningful life. Additionally, we are co-hosting the Reception for Person Centered Care Leaders, along with the Eden AlternativeLifeBioIt's Never 2 Late and Penner Spas. And on Monday, October 20, from 1:30pm - 3:00pm you will have a chance to 

hear us speak in a breakout session called Green House homes: Challenges and Opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you there as we re-define age.

Click here for details on other conference news!

At The Green House Annual Meeting, organizations gain strength from each other around implementing and sustaining this model.  Connecting to share lessons learned and best practices of this paradigm shift in Long Term Care is one of the most valuable parts of being a trademarked Green House home.


This year's conference for Green House adopters will take place November 17-19, at the historic  Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Our theme, Leading with Heart and Soul, is ideal for this magnificent mecca where musical legends combined soul with talent and passion to become the pioneers for American musical genres...much like The Green House Project has pioneered the transformation of long-term care. 


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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 www.thegreenhouseproject.org.

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