CNA Edge at the Green House Project Annual Meeting

 

 

Bob Goddard

Last Wednesday, we had the honor of speaking at the Green House Project’s annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. It was a great experience for both Corey (the artist formerly known as “Alice”) and me (in a previous life, “Yang”). The Green House Project is on the cutting edge of elder care and serves as model of long term care done right. We were delighted to be asked to be a part of this event and it was uplifting to be among so many people who share our values.

Like any annual conference, it was a time for old friends and colleagues to reunite. I think this social aspect is what gives these meetings the ability to re-energize the participants and the movement. And really, at its heart, that’s what the Green House Project is – a movement.  The energy level was no doubt enhanced by the large number of caregivers (“shahbazim” in Green House parlance) in attendance. Given the elevated role of the shahbazim in the Green House model, we were not surprised to see so many caregivers there. Still, it was great to see!

It was reunion of sorts for both Corey and me, as well. While we have contact during the year via emails and text, it was such a treat to spend a little time with my co-contributor and friend. While I’ve always admired her talent and commitment, I have to say that in person, her energy and wit are downright contagious. It was especially nice since I got to meet Corey’s friend, Dave, and they got to meet my wife, Jenny, and daughter, Jamie.

(l to r) Jenny, Corey, Jamie, Dave, Bob

Our talk, as you might expect, centered on the significance of the caregiver-resident relationship. While we used selected posts already published on the blog, we added some things to help apply our material to the Green House Model. It wasn’t that difficult really, so much of what we write on CNA Edge has to do with what the Green House calls “deep knowing relationships.” I think it went pretty well.

Like the Green House people, our “blogging batteries” have been recharged by the experience. We are really excited about the coming year and what it may bring.

2 thoughts on “CNA Edge at the Green House Project Annual Meeting

  1. donna

    Bob and Corey, your presentation at the Green House conference is fantastic to hear about, and heartening. Your presence there speaks volumes, both for CNA Edge’s reputation, and for the Green House folks that they value your aims for CNAs and those we care for. I’m excited to hear what’s next in store for CNA Edge. I hope we’ll hear more about the ideas that came out of the conference.

    It was also great to see the photos of you and Jenny, Jamie, and Dave. And I love the poster behind you at the podium–pure joy!

    Thanks for everything you’re doing, Bob and Corey.

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