New Look For The New Year At Green Hill

The New Year brings a new look at Green Hill Inc., with renovations throughout the Legacy building. Hallways and common areas including the dinning rooms, sitting areas, and activity rooms are being freshly painted with warm bright colors, and new carpeting installed.

Renovations are taking place in the Legacy Ripple Building, named for Fanny Ripple of the Ripple Foundation, an original Green Hill trustee and valuable supporter of Green Hill over many decades of its nearly 148 years of service to the region. The station desk in the Ripple II nursing wing has been redesigned in beautiful textured wood, and lowered to enable face-to-face interaction from a seated position. Ripple nursing residence rooms have been reconfigured from semi-private to private rooms with flat screen televisions and new furniture. In-room, mounted and locked medicine boxes will be installed to eliminate the need for the use of traditional medicine carts. These changes bring Ripple nursing residences in-line with the ‘Culture Change’ environment of the Green Hill Green House® Homes, the first Green House Homes in New Jersey, which opened on the 20 acre West Orange New Jersey campus in 2011.

The Mooring Wing has been freshly painted, carpeted with common areas and the dinning room refurbished. The Mooring Wing is named after a long serving, past board member Robert C. Moore, the son of several generations of Green Hill trustees who served from 1973 through 1992, and as President for many years. As has been Barker Hall, named for Mr. John Barker, one of multiple generations of Barker trustees of Green Hill, serving from 1958 and as Vice President from 1992-2001. The Garden Room, the library, lobby and main dinning have also been updated.

“The reason we decided to do our renovations were two-fold,” said President and Executive Director of Green Hill Toni Lynn Davis. “The last update we had to our Legacy building was in 2005, so we were due for the cosmetic improvements. But also to adhere and advance our mission for systemic culture change in our community of senior care, the creation of private nursing rooms, the openness and warmth of the new sitting areas, the visual access to nursing staff with lower desks, even the color choices for corridors and sitting areas all create a sense of inclusion, of a positive atmosphere, and a comfortable and pleasing environment in which to live.”

According to the Pioneer Network, “Culture Change is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.” Green Hill Inc., a leader in New Jersey in the ‘Culture Change’ movement is always working to promote culture change across the regional senior care industry, and to enhance culture change throughout is facility, programs, staff and living environment.

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