As a leader in innovation, The Green House Project (GHP) continues to blaze trails for others to follow. In its ongoing pursuit of breaking boundaries and shattering stereotypes, GHP developed the Best Life approach to help organizations support people living with dementia (PLWD) to live rich and rewarding lives.
Available to memory care, assisted living, and nursing home communities as a standalone education and training approach to dementia care, Best Life focuses on the accomplishments of PLWD (as opposed to their losses) thus enabling them to thrive beyond their diagnoses.
Best Life education begins with an examination of society’s own fears and misperceptions about dementia, which can unintentionally devalue people and prevent them from living full Lives.
What sets Best Life apart is its strong foundation in GHP’s core values of meaningful life, empowered staff, and real home, as well as its four principles, as follows:
- Power of Normal: Best Life strives to create a culture of normalcy to allow for individuals to live in the least restrictive environment possible and experience culturally typical activities.
- Focus on Retained Abilities: Best Life focuses on the value of providing PLWD the ability to experience real relationships with pets, nature, and people of all ages.
- Dignity of Risk: Best Life illuminates the reality that there is dignity in enabling PLWD the right to take risks.
- Advocacy: Best Life advocates for PLWD to have expanded experiences and choices, as well as the right for rehabilitation.
Embodied Labs: GHP has joined forces with an innovative virtual reality technology company, Emodied Labs, that uses virtual reality to help care partners spend a few minutes as an Elder, in their world. GHP employs Embodied Labs in the Best Life curriculum to help all those working in Green House homes to approach individuals with more empathy and better educated about the disease.
Project ECHO: Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians and teachers everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. In 2019 GHP will become a replication partner with Project ECHO by launching a Best Life ECHO hub site to demonopolizing knowledge about dementia care.
I learned so much during Best Life education! We laughed, cried, and enjoyed the experience as a team. I feel so empowered to be able to use new skills to help our elders as well as myself. It's so important to continuosly ADVOCATE and remove the stigma surrounding elders living with dementia, because the sky is the limit when we love, and appreciate our elders. - Lola, shahbaz, Eddy Village Green
Many think it is the disease that causes us to withdraw, and to some extent I believe this is true. But, for many of us, we withdraw because we are not provided with meaningful opportunities that allow us to continue to experience joy, purpose and engagement in life.
A philosophy of culture change in which elders are seen as unique individuals, in the driver’s seat of their lives, each with a unique history, preferences and ability to exercise choice.
Being relationship-rich means that person comes before task and sets a tone for how elders will be cared for as well as how staff will treat one another.
Celebrating Sharla's Gift
PROGRAM DEVELOPER AND FACILITATOR: Anne Ellett is a certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) with more than 20 years of experience in Elder living and memory care, and served as senior vice president with Silverado Senior Living, an award-winning assisted living company specializing in dementia care.