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The Green House Project announced a partnership with Embodied Labs and Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

The initiative, dubbed Best Life Impact, was described as the first of its kind in the field of aging services. Best Life Impact “seeks to empower participants to be leaders in dementia care,” the companies said.

“The powerful combination of these disruptive innovations creates a synergistic transformation for the caregivers and PLWD alike,” said Susan Ryan, GHP senior director. “I have no doubt that Project ECHO and Embodied Labs — two proven models — will catapult education, knowledge, and empathy to new levels in memory care.” 

Project ECHO uses the Zoom platform for technology-enabled collaborative learning and interactive videoconferencing. 

“The combined impact of the passion and commitment of those caring for people living with dementia with the ingenuity of the ECHO model will, we anticipate, drive extraordinary improvements in dementia care and knowledge in the field of aging services,” said Sanjeev Arora, M.D., Project ECHO founder. 

Embodied Labs uses virtual reality to help care partners spend a few minutes as an individual living with dementia, in their world. 

“Embodied Labs is honored to be selected by The Green House Project to enhance its Best Life approach,” said Carrie Shaw, chief executive officer of Embodied Labs. “Our immersive training platform challenges stereotypes, helping those supporting people living with dementia to provide better, more understanding care. We’re empowering the staff by giving them hands-on, personal experience using virtual reality.”

Eleven providers will participate in Best Life Impact to create this powerful combination of care and knowledge: Ave Maria Assisted Living (Bartlett, TN); Clark Lindsey Village (Urbana, IL); Eddy Village Green (Cohoes, NY); Hover Senior Living Community (Longmont, CO); Jewish Senior Life (Rockleigh, NJ); John Knox Village-The Woodlands (Pompano Beach, FL); Leonard Florence Center for Living (Chelsea, MA); Methodist Senior Services (Tupelo, MS); Mt. San Antonio Gardens (Pomona, CA); Saint Elizabeth Home (East Greenwich, RI); and Village on the Isle (Venice, FL).

This effort is part of GHP’s Green House 2.0 initiative, which was launched earlier this year.