April 21, 2015

Welcoming Small House to Our Home


This is an exciting time at JGS Lifecare (JGS Lifecare) as we update our facilities and expand services to improve health outcomes and enhance resident dignity, independence and quality of life. We call our vision Project Transformation: A New World of Care. It’s about a new philosophy, a new architecture, and a new look for the entire organization. Central to the vision is the small house model of care, which combines the best of a home-like setting with skilled person-centered care, giving residents the freedom to live life on their terms, rather than conform to the rhythms of the institution.

“Our goal is to truly transform how care is delivered, moving away from the traditional medical model of care to a social model where the person cared for is afforded the greatest degree of autonomy, dignity and personal choice,” said Martin Baicker, president and CEO, JGS Lifecare. “It is called Small House and studies have concluded that residents experience a higher quality of life in almost every area.”

There are five Project Transformation initiatives, including:

  1. Construction of a two-story 24,000 square foot short-term care Rehabilitation Center, connected to the Leavitt Family Jewish Home by a promenade that will house a kosher café
  2. Conversion of the A-1 and A-2 units of the nursing home into the Small House model
  3. Significant upgrades and enhancements to Ruth’s House
  4. Additional upgrades and enhancements to JNH
  5. Expansion and relocation of Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center

Funding for all of the above projects will come from bank financing, an investment from JGS Lifecare reserves, and a $9M capital campaign for Project Transformation.