With the completion of the Poydras Home Reimagined expansion in 2022, Poydras Home will become Louisiana’s first community to offer a revolutionary care approach. The Green House® Project model represents the highest quality of life for residents, focusing on the fundamental principle that each resident should be the central decision maker in his or her daily life.
The Green House® Project transitions residents away from the institutional feel of long-hallway nursing facilities and introduces care in small group family-style homes. Poydras Home’s new model of care, The Green House® Project, necessitates new surroundings for our residents on our campus. Poydras Home selected the architecture and design firm of Eskew Dumez Ripple (EDR) to create a physical space that would enable Poydras Home to fully implement the cultural transformation to The Green House Project model. Poydras Home will break ground in 2021 on two brand new, three-story buildings linked by a glass atrium that will serve as the entryway for six separate homes, one on each floor. These new homes will feature open floor plans with spacious living rooms, comfortable seating and fireplaces, dining rooms and state-of-the-art kitchens where residents can participate in meal preparation, private bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and balconies and patios with beautiful garden views.
One of the most inclusive transformations to the heart of Poydras Home will be the development of a Center for Healthy Living. EDR has designed a complete renovation of our Historic House to establish an accumulation of spaces to house amenities shared by all residents of Poydras Home. Poydras Home’s new Center for Healthy Living is where their residents will thrive. This new space will house a therapy gym, a yoga studio, a library, a meditative space, an expanded salon and spa, and a multipurpose space for programming and education will create an atmosphere in which all the residents of Poydras Home can nurture their passions.
One of the many benefits of this modality is the smaller number of residents living within each home. Additionally, each home has a smaller team of dedicated Care Partners who know every senior’s health needs and preferences and are highly trained to assist with all manner of tasks, helping to make each day meaningful and bright.
The Green House® Project’s close-knit, smaller setups within the larger community have resulted in dramatically less COVID exposure and infection in facilities across the nation. Poydras Home CEO Erin Kolb embraces this safety feature and says, “Though we had already chosen to implement this approach, data further confirmed that it is by far the best model operating today. We embrace the opportunity to add a new layer of safety for our residents as we continue to prioritize their health and happiness above all else.”