The Upside of Risk: Tipping the Balance toward Quality of Life
All choices in life, whether actions or inactions, entail some degree of risk. In long-term care environments, risk aversion has become so prevalent that it has actually raised the level of harm in many cases. So how do we balance the upside with the downside?
In this session, Al Power, MD, will draw upon a familiar story--that of the coronavirus pandemic--to show how risk can cut two ways, and explore the complexity that underlies both the concept of risk and the factors that need to be considered in negotiating it. Drawing from the earlier talks in the series as well as stories from his experience, Dr. Power will help us to appreciate what is meant by "the dignity of risk," and suggest a way to move toward an approach that considers both safety and quality of life.
Jack York, president and co-founder of IN2L, will moderate a panel discussion of Green House adopters will explain how they have utilized technology and other means to keep elders engaged amid the pandemic.
Join us for the next virtual town hall, designed to help you and your colleagues continue to revolutionize eldercare and go beyond better with Green House!
Whether you have attended the previous five webinars in the series or you are joining for the first time, this session synthesizes them all and offers recommendations for how to take action on an individual and organizational level to impact isolation and disconnection. Join as Green House Senior Director Susan Ryan and Director of Resource Development Marla DeVries as they utilize a reliable design framework to explore implementation strategies that are simple, doable, and require minimal resources.
The experience of Green House starts well before the home’s front door. The design of each Green House campus offers a variety of opportunities to create community and promote social connectedness outside of the home. This session will examine how Green House creates community connections through the following topics:
- Community - Outdoor spaces, clubhouse, and shared clinical space
- Approach - The front porch versus an elevator lobby, pedestrian versus vehicular traffic, first impressions, identity, outdoor resident spaces, and storage
- Entrance - Front door etiquette for visitors and staff, the entrance hall versus a vestibule, the coat closet, resident engagement, and staff responsibility
- Delivery - Mail, food, linens, supplies, and trash disposal
- Insights from COVID-19 - Important boundaries, drop-off zones, personal protective equipment and sanitization, telehealth, and grocery delivery
Green House homes are built upon the principle of creating real home. The spaces where life happens in our own homes are the same spaces where life happens in a Green House home. A Shahbaz is an important ingredient in bringing the home to life with shared experiences, meaning, and authenticity. This session will explore how shared experiences are created in Green House homes through the following topics:
- Living Room - Waiting for and entertaining visitors; resident interaction with family, staff, and each other; resident personalization; and other activities, such as sitting by the fireplace and reading
- Dining Room - Convivium, coffee, and a newspaper; games and activities; and staff work areas
- Kitchen - Residents’ visibility; comfort; meal preparation sounds and aromas; resident engagement and therapy; and Shahbazim roles versus traditional staff models
- Den - Resident choice and alternatives; small group programming and activities, including television viewing; staff meetings and care planning; private family visitation and overnight guests
- Porches - Connections to exterior environments with families, visitors, or staff
- Staff Engagement - GHP heroes during the pandemic, staff culture on sites with legacy nursing homes, visitation, and staff spaces