JGS Lifecare switching to “small house” model of elder care

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A new kind of elder care model is being implemented at JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow. The health care system, formerly known as Jewish Geriatric Services, is partnering with The Green House Project to bring the “small house” model to their Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. That facility is expected to be completed in the next 8-10 months.

The “small house” model involves having elders live in a home-type setting, with up to 12 people living in a facility with private rooms, but a common kitchen, dining room, and living area. The Sosin Center will consist of two such “small houses.”

Once completed the Sosin Center will be the first Green House-certified facility in western Massachusetts, and only the third in the entire state.

“As we move away from traditional models of care and embrace The Green House model of care, we will not only improve the care provided, but also enhance the dignity of those living here. Green House homes combine the best of a real home setting with skilled care, giving elders the freedom to live life on their terms, rather than conform to the rhythms of the institution. It helps them thrive in comfortable spaces that feel like home,” said Anne M. Thomas, vice president of residential health, JGS Lifecare.

According to a news release sent to 22News by JGS Lifecare, they also plan to implement this model over the next year and a half at the Leavitt Family Jewish Home on their Converse Street campus.

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