'Universal' work teams, small-home designs bring Missouri its first taste of an increasingly popular new model of long-term care
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a third three-year grant to NCB Capital Impact in order to fund The Green House Project.
I used to live in a fabulous old fourth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. When I moved out of Manhattan to a borough of New York City for an elevator building with a laundry room in the basement, I made a conscious choice to pick a place I could live for the rest of my life if I had to. "That ramp could come in handy if I need a wheelchair, I reasoned. And if worse comes to worse, I'll move into a nursing home and blog from there."
When talking to long-term care leaders about new construction or facility renovations, I hear the word "residential" spoken often, and with great excitement and pride. And I've accepted that a less institutional, more homelike building is indeed something to celebrate. But two things — a recent experience and a conversation — have gotten me thinking.
Stephen McAlilly, CEO and president, Mississippi Methodist Senior Services
Last week, NPR ran a story lauding The Green House Project — and slamming traditional nursing homes. The piece began with this summary of people's fears: "One thing just about everyone dreads as they age is the possibility of ending up in a nursing home. We all think we know what that's like: sharing a room with strangers, sitting slumped in a wheelchair all day, rigid schedules, bad smells. And for more than 1 million Americans, this is home."
California's first certified Green House homes opened today at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. Twenty residents will live at the Evergreen Villas.
I almost feel like I'll need to find a confessional booth after completing this blog post. I come not to bury the Green House project but to praise it. This is tough to do.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' 2011 annual meeting and exhibition will take place Wednesday through next Friday at the Phoenix Convention Center. Kicking off the event will be a keynote presentation by Bill Thomas, M.D., founder of the Eden Alternative® and the Green House Project®. On Friday, renowned researcher Howard Friedman, Ph.D., will present "Findings from the Longevity Project: Discoveries for Health and Long Life from an Eight-Decade Study." Numerous educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities also will take place, as top senior care medication professionals gather to learn from one another.
Long-term care organizations are looking differently at their operations as a result of the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009.