Linthicum, Md. (June 23, 2020): The GREEN HOUSE® Project (GHP) is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting COVID-19 best practices in long-term care. In partnership with Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a video tele-mentoring platform that spreads knowledge through case-based learning and real-time access to subject matter experts, the initiative will identify and share proven protocols and lessons learned that nursing home providers can utilize in the preparedness, management, and treatment of the novel coronavirus.
The COVID-19 Best Practices in Long-Term Care initiative is launching on the heels of a recent finding by the Wall Street Journal that some 50,000 people in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died as a result of the pandemic.
GHP will convene long-term care experts, operators, and clinicians twice per month via Zoom to equip participants with the knowledge and answers they need to address the challenges they face as a result of the pandemic. Geriatrician, Author, and Educator, Al Power, MD, along with Jewish Home Family’s Director of Nursing, Eric Riguerra, RN, will lead other subject matter experts in presenting best practices and scenarios and offering feedback to participants around their own cases and questions.
Some of the issues to be covered during the COVID-19 ECHO meetings are as follows:
· Practices for testing and reporting to local and federal agencies;
· Access to PPE;
· Infection control procedures;
· Isolation for COVID-positive cases;
· Medication management;
· End-of-life decisions amid COVID-19;
· Communication strategies and family support;
· Person-centered care, quality of life, and normalcy during social distancing;
· Guidance and parameters for reopening;
· Workforce resiliency and associated stress and trauma; and
· Preparation for a possible second wave of coronavirus.
Participation in the initiative is complimentary, thanks to the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The first meeting will convene on July 15 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern and every two weeks thereafter until Dec. 16, 2020.
“We believe this initiative will spur impactful and timely changes that will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on older adults, who are extremely vulnerable to this virus,” said Susan Ryan, senior director of The Green House Project. “There has never been such an imperative to address the systemic challenges and lack of resources facing long-term care that imperils the lives of so many.”
Support for this initiative is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
About Project ECHO
Project ECHO is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with multiple primary care clinicians simultaneously through teleECHO™ clinics, where experts mentor and share their expertise via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities. The ECHO model™ is not ‘traditional telemedicine’ where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but instead where the clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.