“It is a credit to our staff at VA Illiana to be the leader within VA in initiating this new culture transformation for our veterans to enjoy,” said Kim Kelley, chief of geriatrics and extended care at Illiana.
The Green House model brings home back into the CLC veterans’ lives. The team worked with veterans and their family members to design the homes.
“Congratulations to VA Illiana for taking the first bold steps in fully transforming the culture of nursing home care in VA,” said Christa Hojlo, PhD, RN, acting chief consultant, geriatrics and extended care services at VA central office in Washington, D.C.
Hojlo said, “From the architecture/construction of the small home to truly person-centered care, this model espouses the VA vision of “I Care” in every aspect. Taking the steps to be the first is evidence of courage, commitment and compassion for those served. No longer will they accept the ways of nursing home care as most know it now. They stepped outside the norm and recognized there can be another way; they created a new way; they paved a new path.”
Illiana continues to share its work in culture transformation efforts with other VA facilities around the country, and also will begin to build two more homes this fall.