Nov 17, 2016

Residential Treatment Program Marks 20 Year Anniversary

Gordon Green, Residential Treatment in a Homelike Environment, Opened Its Doors in 1996

PORTLAND (November 2016) This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gordon Green, an eight-bed permanent residence in South Portland providing intensive treatment and supports for elderly adults who have a variety of challenges including mental illness and disabilities related to age or physical impairments. Gordon Green continues to advance the "aging in place" philosophy with a palliative care approach including a commitment to end of life care.


Over the past year, Gordon Green has reduced hospital admissions and emergency department utilization and has had no mental health crisis admissions.  The program has also increased the integrated care concept with an expansion of occupational therapy. All of its residents have a primary care physician and all receive quarterly routine podiatry examinations. The residents also receive dietitian services and nursing services through Mercy Hospital’s visiting nurses program. 


Gordon Green is the permanent home to eight people who have become a family under the care of its staff. Two of Gordon Green’s residents have been living there for 20 years; three for 10 years; two for three years; and one for two years. “This past year, one of our residents suffered a broken hip,” says Dave Boldebook, Gordon Green’s director. “We determined based on her unique emotional and psychiatric needs that her rehabilitation /recovery would be best facilitated by her resident team. So, we embarked on a detailed plan to make sure she could stay here at Gordon Green while she recovered.  It was a lot of work but afforded her the best environment with people she knows to have a successful recovery and get back on her feet.”



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”


Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Palliative care includes caring for people who are nearing the end of life. This is called end of life care. The goal of palliative care is to help the individual and anyone affected by that individual’s illness to achieve the best quality of life. He/she might receive palliative care alongside particular treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Palliative care:

  • improves quality of life;
  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • supports life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • doesn’t quicken or postpone death;
  • combines psychological and spiritual aspects of care;
  • offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible until death;
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during a person’s illness and in bereavement;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of the person who is ill and their families;
  • also applies to the earlier stages of illness, alongside other therapies that are aimed at prolonging life.