THE GREEN HOUSE® In The News
In the Spotlight:
NCCNHR blog posting on Green House Project site visit
The National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home reform (NCCNHR) visited the Green House homes at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra, PA and made them the focus of a blog posting about innovative practices that improve nursing home care. NCCNHR is a long standing national advocate for improving nursing home quality.
Green House Model Meets California Regulatory Requirements for Role of Certified Nursing Assistants.
Read the full CDPH letter, December 3, 2008 (PDF).
The Dallas Morning News
Green Houses Turn a New Leaf in Nursing Home Care
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Pioneer Network announces Small House Online Networking Initiative supported by RWJF, 11/08 (PDF)
(We strongly support this initiative and believe it is essential to reaching the mission we share with others in this field.)
Senate Finance Committee names Green House® Project as a program that should be piloted. Read white paper: Call to Action - Health Reform 2009 (PDF)
The Benton County Daily Record:
"Taking the Lead”
The Wall Street Journal:
"Rising Challenger Takes on Elder-Care System"
Alliance for Health Reform issue brief:
"Changing the Nursing Home Culture" (PDF)
RWJF story: "A Place to Call Home"
Alabama Nursing Home Changes the Face of Long Term Elderly Care, November 5, 2009
Reporter Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath, Alabama Public Radio, describes the core tenants of the model, the new roles within The Green House home (and related education), and stereotypes plaguing traditional models. The story features St. Martin’s in the Pines, a Birmingham continuing care retirement community that includes six Green House homes for 60 elders at The Cottages at St. Martin's. Terry Rogers, President and CEO, provides his insights on the model. Listen to news clip (3:53 minutes).
On April 2, 2009, Dr. William Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, was the featured guest on NPR's hour-long program, Talk of the Nation: Green House Project Lets Elders Age in Homes, hosted by NPR Science Correspondent, Joseph Shapiro. Listen to the full 36-minute broadcast, or read The Green House Project's responses to selected follow-up questions from listeners (PDF, 68KB).
On January 23, 2008, PBS aired a segment on The NewsHour entitled: "'Green House' Nursing Homes Expand as Communities Reinvent Elder Care." Susan Dentzer reported on The Green House Project. To read the transcript or see the video, visit the PBS website.
Issue Briefs/White Papers
Call to Action - Health Reform 2009, U. S. Senate Finance Committee, November 12, 2008 (PDF, 3,576 KB, 98 pages).* In this white paper, Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, outlines his vision for health care reform and recognizes The Green House model as a promising new model of long-term care that improves elders’ quality of life and care.
"Changing the Nursing Home Culture," March 2008 (PDF, 233 KB, 4 pages)* -- The Alliance for Health Reform held a briefing on Capitol Hill in October 2007 to examine the effects of culture transformation on the quality of life in nursing homes. This issue brief, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reports on some of the challenges that have arisen and some of the successes, such as The Green House model. Panelists included Bonnie Kantor, executive director of the Pioneer Network; Rosalie Kane, professor of public health at the University of Minnesota; Jay Sackman, a consultant to the Service Employees International Union; and Karen Schoeneman, a senior policy analyst and project officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division of Nursing Homes. The report includes a list of expert sources and helpful websites. Download the issue brief using the link above or read the online summary on the Alliance website.
An Uncommon Commons, Journal of Housing & Community Development, November/December 2009
Green Houses Turn a New Leaf in Nursing Home Care, The Dallas Morning News, 02/03/09
"Taking the Lead", The Benton County Daily Record, 9/20/08
"Rising Challenger Takes on Elder-Care System," The Wall Street Journal, by Lucette Lagnado, 6/24/08
"Not a nursing home, but a nurturing home," The Baltimore Sun, by Tanika White, Sun Reporter, 2/24/08
"A Place to Call Home," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 12/19/07 ; (See Tabitha Health Care Services story and video(3:46)).
"Chelsea home takes national lead in care for ALS patients," The Jewish Advocate, by Kristin Erekson, 8/16/07
"St. John's Cottage Industry: turning traditional long term care on its head," The Billings Gazette, by Diane Cochran, 6/27/07
"Home Sweet Home -- From Personalized Rooms to Pets on Site, New Nursing Homes Reinvent Elder Care," ABC News, 6/25/07
Rethinking Old Age, The New York Times, 5/24/07
“A healthier take on the nursing home. 'Green Houses' are smaller, have satisfied staff – and happier residents.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, by Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff, 10/16/06
New Style of Retirement Community Coming to Knox County, WVLT-TV, 10/12/06 (see news video clip)
"‘Green houses’ for golden years - Innovative unites come to Mass," The Boston Globe, by Alice Dembner, Globe Staff , 9/30/06 (PDF, 27 KB)*
"Promising Models for Transforming Long-Term Care," The Gerontologist, Vol. 46, No. 4, 428-430, 8/06 (PDF, 3 pages)*
(Copyright, ©The Gerontological Society of America. Reproduced by permission of the publisher)
"Radical Redesign of Nursing Homes: Applying the Green House Concept in Tupelo, Mississippi," The Gerontologist, Vol. 46, No. 4, 533-539, 8/06 (PDF, 7 pages)*
(Copyright, ©The Gerontological Society of America. Reproduced by permission of the publisher)
"Dignity by Design,"The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 6/06
Developing Small Community Homes as Alternatives to Nursing Homes, RWJF press release, 11/05 (PDF, 3 pages)*
"Small World," AARP Bulletin, 10/05 (PDF, 3 pages)*
"Reformers Seek to Reinvent Nursing Homes" (article and audio file available online) NPR, 6/22/05
"The New Nursing Home, Emphasis on Home,"The New York Times, 4/23/05 (log-in required; free registration)
"News Analysis - More Operators are likely to go 'green'," McKnight's Long Term Care News & Assisted Living, 1/10/05
"Green House Project gets center stage in Capitol Hill briefings," McKnight's Long Term Care News & Assisted Living, 11/9/04
"The Green House Project announces plans to break ground nationally," McKnight's Long Term Care News & Assisted Living, 7/1/04
NewsHour segment with Susan Denzer (transcript, audio file, and video file available online), 2/27/02
“Making The Green House Model Work in Your Community.” Panel discussion (two hours). American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – 2007 Annual Meeting, 10/23/07. Representatives from three active Green House® projects discussed the impact that the development of Green House® homes is having on communities and how flexibly the core principles can be applied to meet local needs (e.g., design adaptations, project diversity, financial structuring, operational differences, strategic planning). Panelists: Joyce Ebmeier, Tabitha Health Care Services (Lincoln, NE); Karna Rhodes, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries (Billings, MT); and Barry Berman, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home (Chelsea, MA). Listen to discussion (Windows Media Player).
THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is thrilled to share news regarding a recent grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to The Pioneer Network to support a broad and inclusive Small House Networking Initiative. The initiative will focus on providing a rich online community for all organizations creating small homes as a skilled long-term care option. It will be a place for providers and advocates to share successes, innovations, questions, and ongoing challenges. It will also facilitate small house organizations coming together to initiate and advocate for common policy, program, and research needs. The Green House Project strongly supports this initiative and believes it is essential to reaching the mission we share with others in this field. We encourage all Green House® organizations to join this collaborative effort. Robert Jenkens, Director of The Green House® Project, will serve on the National Advisory Board with other key long-term care leaders. If you would like to receive information about joining this initiative and online meetings as it is available, please contact the Pioneer Network. Press Release, 11/08 (PDF, 36 KB)*
New Markets Tax Credits and private donations finance first GREEN HOUSE® homes in Massachusetts Press Release, 7/28/08
The Green House model founder, Dr. William Thomas, honored with Heinz Award for the Human Condition. Press Release, 9/25/06 (PDF)*
Regulatory & Legislative News
On July 23, 2008, Robert Jenkens, Director, THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, testified for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Download testimony: Person Centered Care: Reforming Services and Bringing Older Citizens Back to the Heart of Society (MS Word doc). More information can be found at http://aging.senate.gov/
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services endorses THE GREEN HOUSE® model. See Letter to Mississippi Congressional Delegation (PDF)*
Read about more regulation & legislation impacting The Green House Project and the long-term care industry.
PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (7/21/07): Feature story on St. John's Lutheran Ministries' adoption of The Green House model and the role that faith-based organizations throughout the nation are having in spreading this new model of elder care. View the story (using RealPlayer or Windows Media player) or read the transcript.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a congressional briefing on June 1, 2007 to provide policy makers information on three of their leading long-term care programs. The Green House Project was featured together with The Long-Term Care Partnership and the Cash and Counseling program. The webcast provides a brief overview of each program as well as a half hour of questions and answers. The Green House Project is introduced at the beginning of the webcast. The Green House Project presentation can be found starting at minute 21 and lasts about 8 minutes. The question and answer period includes many questions focused on The Green House Project.
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