The stereotype of nursing homes tends to be a clinical, bland atmosphere that feels more like an institution and less like a place where people would choose to live out their remaining years. Contrast that image with smaller homes of 10 residents that encourage social interaction to improve the quality of life and health of its residents. The Green House project seeks to put more emphasis on home and treating residents less like patients.
Certified nursing assistants take their meals with residents. The close contact they have with residents makes it easier to spot potential problems earlier. The nursing assistants are backed up by clinical support teams that also include a nurse and a doctor.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NCB Capital Impact, which runs the program, a three-year, $2.77 million grant, according to an emailed statement. The grant award is the third NCB has received for running the project. The goal is to accelerate the expansion of nursing home groups that adopt the Green House model.
It takes a novel approach to addressing a challenge in the future of healthcare delivery. Healthcare professionals across providers, payers and pharma are looking at new ways to overcome the adherence challenge. Depression is one comorbidity that can have a huge impact on outcomes because it influences patients’ adherence to medication and care plans. By improving quality of life and reducing isolation, it could encourage seniors to be more adherent. Improving adherence would also reduce complications and healthcare costs.
NCB Capital helps organizations that want to adopt the Green House model with technical assistance, training and pre-development loans. To date, there are 260 Green House homes in 32 states.
On the other hand, they’re not for everyone. For people used to living on their own, it could feel a bit like the Big Brother House for the senior set.