Some of the proudest moments I have as president and CEO of Tabitha is when we open a new senior living community at Tabitha. With 12 senior living communities on three campuses in southeast Nebraska (eight of those opened within the last five years), we’ve had a lot to celebrate.
With each new building, we approach its concept with innovation and courageous vision in mind. Many inspired by the Green House Project (www.thegreenhouseproject.org) and the vision of Dr. Bill Thomas who believed that seniors shouldn’t live in institutions, but in homes.
It’s a simple idea, and so difficult to accomplish given the current “nursing home, white, sterile walls” of so many health care providers. At Tabitha, we were inspired by Dr. Thomas’ vision and opened our first Green House® home, the first in Nebraska (!), in 2006, nearly 10 years ago. The results were phenomenal. The Martin house on Tabitha’s Lincoln campus is home to less than 15 residents and here, the white, sterile walls and buzzing call-lights are gone. Instead, they’ve been replaced with the smells of home-cooked meals, and conversations by the hearth, front porch and communal dining table.
The results we’ve seen from this environment are phenomenal - improved mobility, improved appetite, improved overall spirit of residents. Improved clinical outcomes inspired us to build three more Green House homes and then expanded on the concept to open Journey House SNF for hospice care in 2011 and Tabitha at Williamsburg in 2015 (home-like environments for individuals at the end of life). Also opened was Tabitha at The Landing in 2014 and soon-to-be opened houses in Crete, Neb. - all home-like communities where residents live life according to their own terms, all with the state-of-the-art care provided at a traditional nursing home facility.
Senior health care is changing - there’s no doubt about that. Individuals and families don’t want to put “mom” into a nursing home and neither do we. All you need is the courage to look outside the box and into the next revolution in Elder Care. At Tabitha, we’re well on our way.
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