Adopters of The Green House model are intrinsically bound by their common commitment to elders, empowering caregivers and creating intentional communities that facilitate growth for all who live and work there. Like any group of professionals, GHP adopters share a need to network, collaborate and celebrate the wonderful work they do with others in their field.
Geographic isolation is one obstacle to personal interaction among Green House adopters. Adopters live and work in communities separated by hundreds and even thousands of miles. Another barrier to relationship building that GHP adopters face is cultural isolation. GHP adopters often experience isolation from their peers in the greater long-term care community because dramatic differences between The Green House model and traditional, institutional models of long-term care are often not widely appreciated.
Despite obstacles such as geographic and cultural isolation, The Green House Project Peer Network is evolving into an increasingly invaluable resource for GHP adopters. Built on the concept that working, sharing and celebrating together turns like-minded individuals into a vibrant community, the Peer Network is successfully circumventing the challenges inherent to geographic and cultural isolation. GHP adopters have embraced a long-term strategic plan that relies on careful management of their time and resources to facilitate opportunities for meaningful collaboration, celebration and relationship building.
The Peer Network will feature committees focused on areas of mutual need and interest such as education and peer support, model integrity, regulation, public policy and development of the next generations of Green House adopters. The Peer Network will work in a close partnership with the Green House Project Initiative staff on a wide array of issues that are crucial to the continued success and growth of The Green House model.
The Peer Network will utilize a blend of social media technology and in-person gatherings to facilitate regular interaction among adopters and members of The Green House Project team. Peer Network members will be active participants in their network as they plan and implement strategies aimed at supporting one another’s continued success and the promotion of model growth.
This is an incredibly exciting time in the evolution of the community of Green House Project adopters known as the Peer Network. The path they have chosen will lead them to fully realize the potential of their community. As a result they will emerge as stronger advocates for elderhood and the empowerment of caregivers. Their wealth of knowledge, passion and experience will be leveraged to carry The Green House movement far into the future.