Linthicum, MD (April 22, 2019): The GREEN HOUSE® Project (GHP), a nonprofit organization that has led the culture change movement in disrupting and transforming long-term and post-acute care for the past 15 years, is proud to announce its new dementia care training and education approach known as Best Life. As part of its Green House 2.0 initiative, Best Life is designed to support people living with dementia (PLWD) to live rich and rewarding lives.
Having been integrated into all Green House education, Best Life is now available to non-Green House memory care, assisted living, and skilled nursing providers as a comprehensive partnership that encompasses onsite initial training for all levels of leadership and staff, as well as continual support with our experts in dementia and cultural transformation.
“Best Life is another component of The Green House Project’s continued efforts to destigmatize aging and humanize care for older adults,” said Susan Ryan, GHP senior director. “As part of Green House 2.0, Best Life leverages everything we have learned over the last 15 years as leaders in senior housing innovation to inform a greater arena.”
Based on GHP’s core values of meaningful life, empowered staff and real home, Best Life is rooted in 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.
Integral to Best Life’s training and education approach is its partnership with Embodied Labs, an innovative tech company that uses virtual reality to help care partners spend a few minutes as an Elder, in their world. This virtual learning experience helps all Best Life learners approach individuals with more empathy and knowledge about dementia.
Heading up Best Life is Anne Ellett, MSN, NP, a certified gerontological nurse, dementia specialist, educator, and writer. For more than 20 years, Ellett has brought innovative and dignified care for people living with dementia through her association with Silverado Senior Living and then as founder of Memory Care Support, LLC. She is the developer of the Best Life approach.
“The Best Life approach begins by addressing our own fears and misperceptions of dementia, which can unintentionally devalue people and prevent them from living full lives,” said Ellett. “This approach further identifies PLWD by their accomplishments, not their losses, and enables them to thrive beyond their diagnoses.”
Green House 2.0 envisions homes in every community where the Green House core values help Elders thrive, and where they, their families, and staff engage in meaningful relationships built on equality, empowerment, and mutual respect.
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