On May 30, The Green House Project, in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a groundbreaking policy event at the newly opened Green House Residences at Stadium Place. As the first Green House project in the state of Maryland, the proximity of Stadium Place afforded an opportunity for more than 70 national leaders in government, aging and long-term care to see the homes firsthand and launch a national conversation about how to make Green House homes a choice in every community.
With the support of Green House program experts, adopters, and researchers, the event served as an opportunity for education about the unique elements of the Green House model and the positive, evidence-based outcomes of the cultural and environmental transformation. Following a discussion of early results from emerging consumer research and a new pilot study on Medicare and Medicaid cost savings, Don Redfoot, Strategic Policy Advisor of AARP, noted that, “the Green House model demonstrates that you don’t have to have an institutional model to provide a high-level of care.”
Perhaps most inspiring was the testimonial of Ann Frohman, granddaughter of former Green House elder, Mary Valentine. Ann demonstrated how her grandmother “sprouted wings” while living in the Green House homes in Lincoln, NE. Through Anne’s reflections, the need was validated for continued collaboration and conversations about ways in which to impact elders nationwide through growth of the Green House movement.