Philosophy of Employment

The Green House at Calvary is a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.  We want our establishment to feel different for those who enter.  We minister to those who live with us, work with us, and visit with us.

At the Green House, our caregivers are universal workers called Caritas.  In the Green House world, a unique name is given to those who are the Elder Care Assistants because they accomplish so much more than providing care.  This empowering word comes from the Latin word meaning to cherish, to appreciate, to give special attention, if not loving, attention to.  It is a term in Christian theology (one of the three theological virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God.  In its most extreme form charity can be self-sacrificial.

The primary role of the Caritas is to PROTECT, SUSTAIN, and NURTURE our elders.

The caritas form a self managed work team with 7 coordinator roles that rotate every 3 months.  Each full time caritas is given the opportunity to fulfill each role and be accountable to the other caritas in that role.  By rotating coordinator roles, all caritas hold all responsibilities of the home.  The reason The Green House believes in this self managed work team is because the caritas are the very ones who are engaging with the elders on a very personal level daily.  They are aware of their needs far more than any CEO would be.  The coordinator roles are TEAM, FOOD, HOUSEKEEPING, SCHEDULING, CARE, ACTIVITY, and CHAPLAIN.

An applicant should have an interest in caring for elders, a willingness to work as a member of a team, and an understanding of the requirements of the position.

EDUCATION:

A Caritas will complete:

  • CNA training
  • CPR  and first aid training
  • Green House Specific training
  • Medication Supervision training
  • Dementia Specific training

ACCOUNTABILITY:

The caritas works cooperatively with the other caritas on the Green House Self Managed Work Team.  The team and individual caritas work collaboratively with the Support Team (Guide, LPN, and outside services).  The self managed work team and individual caritas report to the Green House Guide in all other matters.  The caritas seek counsel and assistance with problem solving from the Guide, Chaplain or the Sage.