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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.

CNA Edge at the Pioneer Network Conference

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Next week, July 31st through August 3rd, the CNA Edge contributors will be in New Orleans attending the 2016 Pioneer Network Conference “Revolutionizing the Culture of Aging.” Alice, May, and Yang will be speaking during the Tuesday morning opening plenary session from 8 to 9:30. We will be sharing excerpts from our new book CNA Edge: Reflections from Year One. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing.

The Pioneer Network was formed in 1997 and is at the forefront of the Long Term Care culture change movement. The organization advocates and facilitates deep system change and calls for a move away from the existing institutional model toward a more humane consumer-driven model that embraces flexibility and self-determination.

The contributors of CNA Edge share the vision and values of the Pioneer Network. While we recognize that elder care in America has come a long way in the last three decades, our experience in the trenches of Long Term Care makes it impossible for us not be in favor of a radically new approach. Too many elders fall through the cracks and are left to wither away due to the current system’s many faults. Too many caregivers fall victim to poor work environments as they are marginalized by an industry that pays lip service to the value of their work, but treats direct care workers as an expendable resource. We are convinced that as a society, we can – and will – do so much better than this.

It is an honor for us to participate in this conference and we are excited about the opportunity to share our work and continue our advocacy for real change in Long Term care.

For more information on the Pioneer Network visit http://www.pioneernetwork.net/