Rethink Podcast #32: Susan Ryan of The Green House Project

The 32nd episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! After a disheartening experience working in nursing homes, former director of nursing Susan Ryan spent years spearheading initiatives designed to keep the elderly out of institutional care settings at all costs. But over time, she came to believe that there would always be a need […]

Green House Senior Director: If Nursing Homes Can’t Embrace Change Post-COVID, ‘Shame on Us’

After a disheartening experience working in nursing homes, former director of nursing Susan Ryan spent years working on initiatives designed to keep the elderly out of institutional care settings at all costs. But over time, she came to believe that there would always be a need for skilled nursing facilities to serve a specific portion […]

How a Nursing Home Developer Made Green Houses Work: ‘It’s Not Hard to Pencil Out’

COVID-19 has prompted the media and general public to consider the state of the standard nursing home more closely than ever, and many national outlets have turned to the Green House model as the prime example of the way forward. These “small-house” style developments eschew the traditional institutional nursing home structure for multiple cottages with […]

Green House Project Expands Short-Term Rehab Focus to Meet Expected Demand

The Green House Project, a non-profit that offers alternatives to traditional nursing homes, this week launched an initiative designed to broaden its reach — including a financial feasibility model and a newfound focus on short-term rehab services. Both financial feasibility and the growth of short-term rehab are looming factors in the skilled nursing world, where […]

How One Skilled Nursing Provider’s Small House Gamble Paid Off

Using the money it had already set aside for annual capital improvements, an upstate New York skilled nursing provider decided to bet big on a conversion to the “small house” model — and now it has some solid metrics to show for it, including an impressive jump in the proportion of private-pay residents. About 10 years […]