A Better Approach
Highest Level of Care
Specially trained caregivers have core training equal to certified nursing assistants with additional training in household management, food safety and culinary skills, and CPR/first aid certification. They work closely with a clinical support team of nurses, social workers, therapists, dieticians, activities staff and pharmacists provide care around residents' schedules under the direction of VMRC's onsite medical director and full-time director of nursing. Even the homes have been built with support and care in mind: we've built in smart technologies like ceiling-track lifts and wireless pagers.
Better Quality of Life
Quality of life has been shown to improve in this unique model. Current residents at other Green House program homes have been shown to maintain self-care abilities longer, experience less depression and receive timelier intervention as health conditions change.
- Small number of residents enhances socialization and friendships among residents, staff and family
- Visitors are encouraged to join in meals and other activities, prepare snacks in the kitchen, and hold family celebrations at the residence
- Short halls from bedrooms to main living space mean residents continue walking longer with little or no assistance
- Participating in food preparation increases appetite—20% weight gain has been documented