In this webinar, Susan Ryan, senior director of The Green House Project (GHP), and Anne Ellett, NP, MSN, founder of Memory Care Support, will discuss GHP’s innovative approach to dementia care—known as Best Life.
Ellett will explore how the four principles of Best Life help organizations support people living with dementia (PLWD) to live rich and rewarding lives by creating a culture of normalcy that enables individuals to live in the least restrictive environment possible; focusing on their abilities to experience real relationships with pets, nature, and people of all ages, instead of their deficits; illuminating the reality that there is dignity in enabling individuals the right to take risks; and advocating for everyone to have expanded experiences and choices, as well as the right for rehabilitation.
In addition, Ryan will explore a key element of Best Life—a synergistic virtual reality (VR) tool, known as Embodied Labs, that immerses its users in the stories of elders who are living with dementia. By putting on the tool’s VR headset and spending a few minutes as an elder, in her world, the user becomes more knowledgeable, more empathetic, and more empowered to provide better care to elders. This VR platform not only enables the user to learn about how dementia affects the brain and the ability to process the world around them normally, but also to understand how to create and sustain meaningful connections with individuals living with dementia.