Construction on the GreenHouse began in July 2015 and is expected to open in 2016.
Colorado has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the U.S., where over the next 15 years, the number of people 60 or older is expected to more than double.
Through the Age Strong initiative, Capital Impact Partners and Calvert Foundation recently made a $2.2 million loan for the reconstruction of a new nursing home in the Washington County town of Akron, CO. The construction will replace an outdated traditional nursing facility with a radically new, national model for skilled nursing care called the Green House.
These homes are designed from the ground up to look and feel like a real home, returning control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders and their families, while providing high-quality, personalized care. This is the seventh GreenHouse project funded by Capital Impact Partners.
This is the seventh GreenHouse project funded by Capital Impact Partners.
The loan through Age Strong is part of a larger $10 million construction loan for the project, which will include homes for 40 residents, 60% of whom are low-income people covered by Medicaid.
The project will also create eight permanent jobs and 140 construction jobs, helping to boost the local economy.
The project broke ground in July 2015 with a ceremony that brought together 60 people from the area, including county commissioners, board members, nursing home staff, elders and community members.
Read more about the groundbreaking, and look forward a to ribbon cutting on the new facility in 2016.
Residents of the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colorado will soon begin their move from an outdated nursing home to four newly-built Green Houses.
The existing nursing home building is not well-suited to long-term elderly care. Built as a hospital in the 1950s and converted to a nursing home in the 1990s, the facility is poorly lit, inaccessible, and lacking in privacy.
For Vida, a resident of the home for three years, these inconveniences have become routine. Helen, on the other hand, has only lived in the old building for a month, having moved in specifically to secure her place in the new Green Houses. Likewise, Jenny has only lived in the home for three months, after being transferred from a hospice program in a neighboring town.
They are all looking forward to having more independence and personal space, and more natural light. Jenny was particularly excited about better temperature control in the building, as she has become sensitive to overly cool and hot temperatures.
The four Green Houses being built in Akron will be able to house ten residents. All of the current residents will be moved into the new rooms, and those who have been on a waiting list to join the nursing home will fill the remainder of the spaces.
Green Houses have individual bedrooms and bathrooms for each resident. These rooms open out into bright, open community spaces where the seniors can socialize and interact with caregivers, known as “Shahbazim”. This shared space includes an expansive kitchen and dining area where the residents can come together for meals. Each Green House has three or four Shahbazim for the ten residents, so they are able to get to know the elders and their routines better.
Green Houses like these have been growing increasingly popular across America. They all follow the same proven caregiving method: a small Shahbazim-to-elder ratio, modern facilities and an atmosphere that truly feels like home.
High quality elder care is essential in every community, and we’re proud to be able to support such an exciting innovation in caregiving.