The Green House Project is offering a twice-monthly Zoom conference to share best practices feedback and expertise with eldercare facility operators and clinicians.

The organization, a nonprofit that supports a non-traditional eldercare facility model, will convene long-term care experts to share “proven protocols and lessons learned.” Nursing facilities can utilize the information while preparing, managing, and treating COVID-19 cases, it said. 

Conference facilitators include geriatrician Al Power, M.D., along with the Jewish Home Family’s Director of Nursing, Eric Riguerra, RN. The two will lead other subject matter experts in a presentation of best practices and scenarios. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and receive feedback regarding their own cases. 

The first meeting will convene on July 15 at 3:00 p.m. eastern time, and every two weeks thereafter until Dec. 16, 2020. Participation is complementary, and a registration form is available on the Green House Project website.

Some of the issues to be covered include:

  • Best practices for testing and reporting to local and federal agencies
  • Access to PPE
  • Infection control procedures
  • Isolation for COVID-positive cases
  • Medication management
  • End-of-life decisions amid COVID-19
  • Communication strategies and family support
  • Person-centered care, quality of life, and normalcy during social distancing
  • Guidance and parameters for reopening
  • Workforce resiliency and associated stress and trauma
  • Preparation for a possible second wave of coronavirus

The Green House Project is partnering with video tele-mentoring platform provider Project ECHO on the initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.