Nursing homes rarely garner positive attention, particularly from the media, and especially since the onset of COVID-19. Join Susan Ryan, senior director of The Green House Project, each Wednesday for enlightening, provocative, and sometimes
uncomfortable conversations with thought leaders who offer diverse perspectives aimed at elevating eldercare.
Susan and her guests explore the opportunities and challenges to actualizing a vision for dignified eldercare through the lens of the Green House model of long-term care. Whether you are a senior housing provider, an aging services consumer, or someone who is interested in creating a better model of long-term care,
we’ve got you covered. Friday’s, “Let Me Say This About That” show is a bite-sized, rapid-fire recap episode with how to take action tips.
Living with Early-Onset Dementia: A Story of Courage and Hope
Susan Ryan sits down with her good friend and colleague, Mike Belleville. After a career in telecommunications and as a member of the Rhode Island National Guard for over a decade, Mike was diagnosed with early onset dementia.
While devastating, Mike has not let the diagnosis define him. He currently serves on the board of directors for Dementia Action Alliance and the Council on Aging. He recently participated in a year-long dementia initiative hosted by The Green House Project, known as Best Life Impact, where he offered counsel and guidance to nursing home providers and care teams across the country to better equip them to support people living with dementia.
Mike is adamant about using his voice to encourage and advocate for others and challenge beliefs and stigmas about people living with dementia.
Mike, who is joined by his wife, Cheryl, in this episode, talks about the power of family and relationships in providing support, understanding, and acceptance. The couple describe the path they took to find hope and tangible solutions in their journey and the need for caregiver support and respite, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on routines, normalcy and vital human connections.
Connect with Mike on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-r-belleville-584b1b40
Find out more about the work of the Dementia Action Alliance here: https://daanow.org/
Recap: The Importance of Design & Architecture in Senior Living Environments
Marla and Mary recap this week’s episode where Susan Ryan sat down with two architects from Perkins Eastman (PE), David Hoglund and Martin Siefering. David is a principal and executive director of PE, providing leadership for the firm’s global senior living practice. Martin, also a principal and co-leader of PE’s senior living practice, joined the firm in 1990, and leads many of the firm’s most challenging and complex senior living projects.
Marla and Mary discuss how these two architects first got interested in designing for the senior community. Anyone remember Lawrence Welk? Find out why his name came up!
Both architects have a fierce determination to build homes that serve elders and staff members yet foster social connections and deep relationships.
Marla takes a look at why bringing in ideas from analogous fields turns out to be a potential source of radical innovation – and both David and Martin are forward thinking leaders.
Both architects have built Green House homes and Mary takes you on a short history of what types of GH homes have been developed over the years and why that innovation needed to happen.
Find out more about collaborating with different fields here: https://hbr.org/2014/11/sometimes-the-best-ideas-come-from-outside-your-industry
Find out more about the design of GH homes: https://www.thegreenhouseproject.org/solutions/build-a-green-house-home
The Importance of Design & Architecture in Senior Living Environments
Susan Ryan sits down with two architects, David Hoglund and Martin Siefering, from global architecture firm Perkins Eastman. David and Martin are co-leaders of the firm’s senior living practice. Both are passionate about planning and designing compassionate and forward-thinking care for our elders.
With this in mind, Susan, David, and Martin discuss the physical environment in creating spaces that are conducive to building social connections and relationships for those that live and work in them, and how important it is to incorporate all stakeholders in the design process.
David and Martin examine the architecture and design through the lens of COVID-19 and infection control. In addition, they share why they believe the Green House/small house model is here to stay and how design elements of the model can help us rethink and reimagine the industry to spur further growth and innovation.
Finally, they talk about their Clean Slate Project and how that has informed their thoughts on the future and evolution of senior living.
Connect with David Hoglund here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-david-hoglund-faia-leed-ap-414bb3b
Connect with Martin Siefering here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-siefering-95582621
Recap: Opportunities & Disruptive Moments
Robert Kramer, president & founder of Nexus Insights, is the focus of this recap with Mary and Marla. He spoke with Susan Ryan about something he knows very well: the seniors housing industry. Kramer, who founded the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and now serves as its strategic advisor, has lots to say about the pandemic’s impact on the industry as well as the opportunities it presents.
Marla takes a deeper dive into the Jobs to be Done theory that Kramer mentioned. Find out what a milkshake has to do with it! Mary takes a closer look at why he thinks we need an engagement or contributor model of long-term care and how future congregate settings should look and feel more like your college days!
Mary and Marla also discuss his thoughts on design for the future of long-term care and how recent research on leadership and COVID-19 result in some interesting insights.
Find out more about Jobs to Be Done here: https://www.christenseninstitute.org/jobs-to-be-done/
Article with Dr. Jacquelyn Kung and Robert Kramer: https://www.mcknights.com/blogs/guest-columns/great-workplace-culture-can-save-lives-amid-pandemic/
Opportunities & Disruptive Moments
Robert Kramer, president & founder of Nexus Insights, speaks with Susan Ryan about something Kramer knows very well: the seniors housing industry. Kramer, who founded the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and now serves as its strategic advisor, has lots to say about the pandemic’s impact on the industry as well as the opportunities it presents.
Kramer, who draws from his experience as a state legislator, explains why he thinks the pandemic is a “huge opportunity” that would be shameful to waste. He also notes that those who work in the field should be proud of the great work they are doing.
Finally, find out why he believes that boosting community-based services will be good for nursing homes and how we shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of preventing social isolation and loneliness among elders during a crisis.
Find out more about Kramer’s company, Nexus Insights here: https://www.nexusinsights.net/
Recap: Palliative Care and the Pandemic
In this recap, Marla and Mary discuss the 30th episode of Elevate Eldercare with Diane Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality health care in the US for people living with serious illness.
While every podcast is a learning experience, both Marla and Mary were quick to admit that they both learned quite a bit about the difference between hospice and palliative care.
According to Dr. Meier, it is a common issue and concern for her and the national organization. Find out more about Robert Butler, who established the field of geriatric medicine and how he coined the term “ageism” back in the late 1960s.
Mary and Marla also discuss Dr. Meier’s comments about the fragmented healthcare system and why palliative care has not been widely adopted by long-term care, yet 76% of the hospitals in this country offer it.
Learn more about Robert Butler here: https://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/champions-of-aging-photos/robert-butler-gerontologist-longevity/
Find out where palliative care is located near you: https://getpalliativecare.org/
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Hope for our elders!
It is great to know that there are options for our elders that create a more home like environment. Will really enjoy learning more!
This podcast is a beautiful reminder of the importance of our elders and the way we can celebrate them and honor them. Great advice for all aspects of leadership. Thanks for sharing these powerful lessons about this special population.
Great content, great insight
What a blessing to hear the stories of caregivers who really get it, who do their jobs with compassion and personal attention. This is a great podcast for all leaders who care for people.