Awards and Recognition
My InnerView Top 10% in the United States • Since the inception of the program in 2005, Resthaven has participated in a national effort to increase quality through comparison of medical outcomes and through satisfaction surveys of residents or clients, family members, and employees. Originally focused on nursing home quality and continual improvement, the independent company My InnerView now also has quality programs for independent senior living, assisted living, and home care. Resthaven participates fully, in all aspects of our organization.
Governor’s Acclaimation • May 2007 upon the opening of the Vern & Lois Boersma Cottage, a Resthaven GREEN HOUSE® home for Elders in need of 24 hour medical attention. A Green House home is a new type of nursing home where 10 Elders live in a beautiful dwelling with private rooms, a large open kitchen, and a fireplace. Specially trained workers, called Shahbazim, manage the house in concert with specially trained nurses. All food is prepared on-site, and the “family” of Elders, their friends, family members, nurses, and Shahbazim enjoy home-cooked meals together at the farmhouse table.
Selected as One of Four Sites Filmed Nationally for the GREEN HOUSE® Video/DVD • Released in the Fall of 2008, “Where Love Matters” is a 35 minute video/DVD that is currently being distributed around the world to those interested in senior care. The video opens with ice-shrouded “Big Red,” Holland’s lighthouse at the entrance to our Macatawa Harbor. The next scene moves to the early dawn hours at the Vern & Lois Boersma Cottage, a Resthaven Green House home. In contrast to the cold, snowy exterior, warm light pours through the windows, and you see Elders enjoying breakfast at the farmhouse table, and one of the workers refilling coffee cups. Later in the video several Elders, family members, and workers are interviewed and give a glimpse into the rich life of a family formed around the lives of some of God’s oldest and most frail “children.”
“Best Of West Michigan” • Resthaven has been selected again and again by readers of the Holland Sentinel as “Best of West Michigan” for many years. Although this is certainly more of a popularity contest than a scientific survey, our residents, Elders, clients, family members, volunteers, and staff members do get a kick out of being named “The Best!”
Innovation Michigan Finalist • Awarded in Spring 2007, Resthaven’s GREEN HOUSE® home, the Vern & Lois Boersma Cottage, was selected as one of the 35 best innovative ideas by Innovation Michigan in 2007. It was a special award, as it was the only innovation that communicated an idea…the idea that a "nursing home" could nurture and grow people, just like plants are nurtured and grown in a greenhouse.