St. John's is leading the way in transforming nursing home services for elders. In partnership with the New York State Department of Health and SWBR Architects, St. John's will be the first in the nation to bring elders back to their hometowns, to live in homes throughout the greater Rochester community. St. John's is planning to build 20 Green House homes throughout various neighborhoods in Rochester, NY. Each house will be home to 10 elders and will be adjacent to at least one other Green House residence.
The vehicle for change chosen by St. John's is the Green House® model. In this model, with its Eden Alternative foundational elements, elders are valued, respected and reintroduced to a home environment, in which they will live during their final years. St. John's intends to extend the principles of this model to include a community approach that brings elders back to a home in their former communities.
This is a radical new approach to skilled nursing care, where each element—care philosophy, organizational structure and architecture—is carefully crafted to remove “institutionalization” from long-term care. Warm, caring relationships are the basis of each day. Residents, referred to as “elders,” live as part of a “family” in the community while still benefiting from the full range of clinical services provided by St. John's.
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