May/2015                 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces in the United States.  We thought who better to offer their reflections on this special day than the veterans who live in Green House homes. 
   

"Memorial Day...

Gives me the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our American Armed Forces who made this wonderful country of ours what it is today, the greatest country on earth, The United State of America.

 

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PROJECT UPDATE:

 

Clark-Lindsey Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Urbana, Illinois, will be working with The Green House Project, a not-for-profit that is part of Capital Impact's Community Solutions Group, to develop the first Green House homes in the state not located on federal land. Clark-Lindsey plans to open two certified Green House homes in 2016.  

 

As many of you know celebrations and rituals hold a special place in the philosophy of the Green House model.  It's important to take time to honor special goals that have been achieved.  John Knox Village did just that in late April when the community celebrated the tree topping ceremony.  It's a tradition in the construction industry when a building's structure has reached its maximum height.

 

 

"Living in a Green House is the only reason I continue to live a vital and productive life," Steve Saling, recently told The Atlantic, "It doesn't matter if you are an elder or disabled, people want to live with dignity and respect, make their own decisions and direct their own care."

In her in-depth article, Alana Samuels explores the history of Leonard Florence Center for Living and The Green House Project. She describes the challenges and triumphs that come from shifting the paradigm of long term care, and unlocking the human spirit.

 

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Gerontological Nurse, Green House Guide and RN Supervisor, Ann Wagle, from the  VA Illiana Green House homes in Danville, IL will present a poster on "The Role of Nurses in the Green House home" during the NOVA 2015 Annual Meeting this June in Washington D.C.The poster will outline the impact of the Green House model on Veterans, families and staff. It will also describe actions that support and propel cultural transformation within long-term care in the VA system.

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"By 2030, twenty percent of our population will be over the age of 65. And by 2050, there will be 27 million people in this country who will need assistance with everyday living. As a nation, we cannot afford to not have a plan for this."

This is how Ai-jen Poo, director of the  National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), challenged the audience to consider the reality of our Elder Boom during her Age of Dignity book talk last week at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.

 

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The Green House homes in Chelsea, MA are groundbreaking for many reasons, including having the first residence where people living with ALS can continue to live full and meaningful lives, while getting the care that they need.  These homes have incredible technology that enables the residents to control their environment and communicate with the use of high-tech computers.  Patrick O'Brian is a film producer and DeeJay who is living with ALS and his film was recently screened at the Tribeca Filmfest.  

Leonard Florence Center's very own Patrick O'Brien debuted his award-winning documentary film,TransFatty Lives, at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival on April 16 in New York City. The world premiere was attended by renowned film producers, actors, celebrities, politicians and VIP's.

 

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Our refreshed Green House website is live!

Through a crisp, clear design and navigation, our site will be optimized for viewing on mobile devices. The site is organized by persona and topic so that all stakeholders can find what they're looking for with fewer clicks. 

Issue: 5
In This Issue
 

Empathy, compassion, honor and respect are just a few of the qualities required in those working with elders in THE GREEN HOUSE® homes. These qualities are extremely evident in Darlene Scott, a Shahbaz at the Porter Hills Green House homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Darlene has worked at Porter Hills since 1998 when she was hired as a certified nursing assistant in the Health and Rehab Center. After a short period of time, she was promoted to Unit Clerk and continued to prove she had the personality and skills needed to build strong and trusting relationships with residents.  

 


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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