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Short-Term Rehab Leonard Florence Center FAQ

What is a Green House®?

A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes, different in architecture, size, and organization, it is designed to give the home character and its residents autonomy.

Where did the concept of a Green House® originate?

Harvard-trained geriatrician, Dr. William Thomas, who felt that traditional skilled nursing homes did not enhance an elder’s quality of life, took the institutional model of care and made structural, aesthetic, organizational and philosophical changes to create the Green House® model.

What does being the first urban model Green House® in the country mean?

Until now, Green Houses have been developed as free-standing buildings on rural or suburban sites affiliated with traditional skilled nursing facilities, but LFCL takes the Green House® concept to a city setting for the first time within a single 93,000-square-foot building.

Will the Green Houses® serve any specialty populations?

There are two houses that serve specialized populations, one for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and another serving those with multiple sclerosis (MS).

How does the staffing compare to a traditional nursing home?

We offer a skilled clinical team like many other traditional nursing homes that includes nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. Organizationally, however, there are differences with regards to the duties and roles each of our staff engage in. For example, universal caregivers known as the shahbazim perform housekeeping, laundry and cooking tasks as well as provide care to elders. The shahbazim are expected to become a part of each household, interacting with residents as they would as extended family.

Are there licensed nurses to care for the residents?

Our licensed nurses are part of a clinical team that provides skilled care 24 hours per day. Typically, there is one licensed nurse to support two of our Green House® homes. Our licensed nurses visit residents to administer medications, perform treatments and document medical information.


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