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The 5th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration, a huge success!

“Meaningful Life, Meaningful Engagement” was a most appropriate theme this year for the 5th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration! Over 160 people representing Green House home adopters from Alaska to Florida spent three days learning, laughing, building relationships, sharing stories and most importantly challenging conventional ways of thinking about elders!

The meeting kicked off to a great start with pre-conference sessions in the critical areas of coaching leadership, reframing activities and leisure, and equipping the Director of Nursing for success in the model. These intensives took important roles and concepts to the next level.

An impassioned keynote by Green House model founder, Dr. Bill Thomas, urged attendees on the opening day of the conference to fill their Green House homes with stories, “a story is not a story until you tell it”. A house is not a home without a story he explained, and this includes the stories of all of the elders who live there and the people who work in the home.

Storytelling became a constant throughout the conference with many venues for elders, Shahbazim, Guides, CEOs, Nurses, Social Workers and Activity Professionals to share their experiences, challenges, and successes with each other.

A highlight of the conference was the involvement of Porter Hills, The Green House project in Grand Rapids, MI. Ingrid Weaver, CEO and family member, Carl Eschels welcomed attendees to the conference, and invited attendees to visit their homes over the course of the meeting. Elders from Porter Hills served on an elder panel to share their experience of living in a Green House home, and wisdom about life. Also, Elders of the Porter Hills singers graced us with beautiful music and entertainment. We are lucky to have four Green House projects in Michigan, and through beautiful photos, and great attendance, they added insights to every aspect of the meeting.

New tools such as The Green House Business Case, were introduced at the meeting. Concurrent sessions addressing the diverse interests and needs of the attendees spanned the two day meeting. There were Green House specific sessions about team building, marketing, utilizing data, palliative care, continence care, and other important topics. Information to create successful development as well as sustainability of the model was shared and discussed. An exciting feature is that many sessions were livestreamed and recorded, expanding the reach of these valuable tools and education.

Teepa Snow, a renowned expert in dementia care, shared her energy and expertise with the meeting through interactive sessions and a keynote. These sessions equipped attendees with new ways of being with and learning from people living with dementia. Many people had experiences that they will never forget, as Teepa explained the physical and cognitive changes that a person living with dementia goes through, and how that impacts the ways we can engage effectively.

After a whirlwind of fun, learning, stories and relationship building, The Green House attendees returned to their organizations around the country to share their knowledge and new connections. Building a community of passionate people who are committed to making life better for elders, and those who work closest with them—that is what The Green House Project is all about- the Annual Meeting and Celebration was a joyful time to come together and celebrate how far we have come, and to combine our forces to achieve what is yet to be accomplished.

Teepa Snow, Dementia Expert, Featured as a Keynote of The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration

THE GREEN HOUSE ® Project is excited to welcome Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA as a keynote speaker at the 5th Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration. Teepa Snow is a dementia expert and a certified Occupational Therapist, who brings a unique, person-centered perspective to engaging with people living with dementia. Teepa’s techniques, highlighting in the video, Accepting The Challenge, are utilized during Core Team Education, an important part of The Green House Project’s comprehensive education plan. This six-day training prepares staff to work in The Green House homes and includes an exploration of Green House philosophy, coaching communication, and developing skills to interact effectively with people who have dementia. The Green House Annual Meeting is an exclusive event for organizations who are trademarked Green House homes. This will be a great opportunity for the attendees to refresh their knowledge of Teepa’s philosophy, and to express their gratitude for how these techniques have impacted the elders living with dementia in their Green House homes.

Accepting the Challenge! Being with and Learning from Persons Living with Dementia, Teepa Snow’s keynote speech, will be livestreamed for free on The Green House Blog from 8:30-10:00a ET on September 7, for all of those people who are unable to attend The Green House annual meeting and celebration. Teepa will also facilitate a smaller breakout session that will be interactive and utilize many techniques for communicating and interacting effectively with people who are living with dementia.

The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration, in Grand Rapids, MI from September 5-7, will be an event of learning, information-sharing and many networking opportunities, so if you are a trademarked Green House organizations come join the celebration! Register today for The Green House Annual Meeting and if you have questions, please call (703) 647-2311

The Green House Annual Meeting and Celebration

The Green House Project is excited to host The Fifth Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration, an exclusive opportunity for organizations who have adopted The Green House Project.  This year’s meeting will be held on September 5-7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Building on an important value of The Green House concept, this year’s theme, “Meaningful Life, Meaningful Engagement”, will highlight the impact organizations are having on the lives of the people who are living and working in their Green House homes.  

The Green House Project is eager to use this platform to acknowledge the four Green House Projects that are open and thriving in the great state of Michigan.  From Pinecrest in the Upper Peninsula to Porter Hills, in Grand Rapids, our host city; from the Villages of Redford in Detroit’s outskirts to Resthaven on the the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, we honor all of the homes where elders and persons living with disabilities can live lives of meaning and engagement in homes where they are well known.  

This meeting and celebration as always been a time to honor the commitments that Green House organizations have made to the model and the initiative,  and the hard work to make this vision a reality.  We hope this experience provides our network with the opportunities for learning, growth, replenishment and fun!

The opportunity to visit Porter Hills will give adopters a chance to how The Green House model is lived on another campus, and there will be plenty of time for networking and relationship building amongst peers throughout the conference.  This venue will be bustling with best practices, and lessons learned from all phases of Green House development and sustainability.  Education and growth are key features of The Green House model, and there will by thoughtful sessions by Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House model and international change agent, dementia care expert Teepa Snow OT/R, and many others.   

This meeting brings together Shahbazim, Guides, CEOs, Clinical Support Team members and Elders to share their knowledge and everyday experiences. 

If you can’t attend this year’s meeting, or if you are not a Green House adopter, but are interested in the agenda, don’t worry– there will be interactive opportunities throughout the meeting!  We will be livestreaming from our website: Dr. Thomas’ keynote (9/6/2012, 9:00a), Teepa Snow’s keynote (9/7/2012, 8:30a).  We will also be updating our facebook page throughout the conference and will be using hastag: #GHP12, to tweet exciting news and photos. 

Thank you for your support and energy to further The Green House Project, and our quest to create “Meaningful Engagement and Meaningful Lives