Several hundred veterans, local officials and eldercare advocates attended the groundbreaking ceremony last week for the nation’s first Green House Project home built exclusively for U.S. Veterans Affairs in Danville, Ill.
Local media called it “momentous” and “historic”. Here’s a sample:
ABC News 15 “Green House” Groundbreaking in Danville — (Video)
VA breaks ground on housing project
More than 250 people gathered Tuesday to hear speakers and watch officials break ground for two buildings that will provide a home-like atmosphere for veterans needing to live in a skilled-care setting. Work began immediately after the ceremony, and the homes are expected to be finished by July 3, 2011.
Several speakers called the project “historic” and “momentous” — it’s the first in the country for any VA and the first in the state. But, more important, it takes a personalized approach to nursing homes.
“We’re moving away from looking at people as a medical diagnosis to a person who needs health care,” said Christa Hojlo, director of community living centers at the VA central office in Washington, D.C.
“We ask the veteran, ‘How may I serve you today?’ Not, ‘I’m here to give you a bath. Get out of bed.’
DANVILLE – On the rolling fairways of the former Back Nine golf course, the old greens are making way for “green” houses and making history in the nation’s Veteran Affairs system at the same time.
V.A. Project Seen as Good News for Danville (WDAN Radio audio clips)
The groundbreaking ceremony was for two new special living units that are being built on the former V.A. golf course. The homes will provide a new Green House® concept accommodating 10 Veterans each.
Every Veteran will have a private living space, but will still get personal care and clinical services expected in high quality nursing homes, according to Bill Keane, Project Guide of the Green House Project.
Learn more about The Green House Project and find the nearest Green House home at www.TheGreenHouseProject.org.
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