LIMA — Lima Convalescent Home broke ground Friday for its two new Green Houses with special remarks from city and county officials and a proclamation from Lima Mayor Berger.
As announced in a previous The Lima News story, Lima Convalescent Home will be building two new 9,000 square foot homes through the Green House Project to give residents the impression that they are living at home.
Each home will have 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms, a den, large open kitchen, fireplace, and a large living room with a dining table. Cross-trained employees will facilitate the homes to ensure that they meet all the needs of the residents.
The project which is estimated over $1 million is expected to be fully operational by March 2019.
“It truly is a vision for how care can be provided in this community in wonderful ways,” said Mayor Berger. “This kind of leadership in our community is what made Lima Convalescent what it is today.”
Lima Convalescent Home was the first nursing home in Lima when it opened in 1958 and is the only one that is a non-profit, which ensures funds go toward the facility and operations.
The Green House project — which opened its first four homes in Tupelo, Mississippi — now has more than 250 homes in 33 years, according to The Green House Project Director Susan Ryan.
“Those four homes opening radically changed long-term care,” said Ryan. “I can tell you that this is what interrupted the status quo when it comes to elder care.”
During the event Friday, she explained the Green House Project is a movement that de-institutionalizes, destigmatizes and provides care to elders to help them live meaningful lives.
“They will be known for who they are and not just their diagnosis and they will be able to live life and not just be defined by their care needs,” said Ryan. “Hold fast to your visions and values that have guided your journey so far. I can tell you that from a year from now I will come back and I will see beautiful homes where I see grass today and I can assure you that the best is yet to come.”
Elsewhere in this area, Green House Project homes are also located in Bluffton.
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