Congrats GoodLife U Class of 2021

Congrats GoodLife U Class of 2021

Our GoodLife U Video Blog Series is wrapping up for the year! Thanks to all of you for tuning in, and a hearty congratulations to the GoodLife U Class of 2021. Want to know what they achieved? Take a look at our impact report and check out some of our testimonials below.

This year brought about unprecedented staffing challenges and we realize your time has never been more valuable. However, we still received countless messages from teams across the country who chose to watch each episode—thank you! 

We’ve enjoyed sharing what we’ve learned, and discussing solutions that are proven to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve—and also in the lives of the DSPs who deliver care. If you haven’t had a chance to view each episode, it’s not too late. Here’s a quick list of where the series has taken us so far:

Episode 1 – The National DSP Crisis – The stats are not good, and looking at turnover rates alone doesn’t provide the answers our industry needs, but there is hope.

Episode 2 – The Problem with Wonky Schedules – What are they? How did we get them? And most importantly, what kind of havoc do they cause when it comes to staff stability?

Episode 3 – The Five-Faucet Theory – When each “faucet” is turned on, the result is a portfolio of standardized schedules that work with our service models to improve DSP stability and improve the quality of care.

Episode 4 – Filling the Vacancy Gap – A system that both anticipates need and has full-time DSPs ready and waiting to fill any shift vacancy allows you to fill the gap—here’s how to do it.

Episode 5 – Premium Pay – Vetted but complex, these pay strategies offer several advantages.

Episode 6 – Paid Time Off & Pay Day – Let’s take a real look at some common, self-inflicted wounds. 

Episode 7 – Lifestyle Professional Direct Support Positions – Discussion on the qualities and characteristics of Professional Roommates, Professional Families, and Professional Neighbors—positions that allow the caregiver to live with or near the people they support.

Episode 8 – Professional Extended Families – This model specifically advances the quality of life of persons we serve by helping them integrate their REAL life with the real lives of the caregivers—here’s how our “shared living” approach is a little different from other, similar models.

Episode 9 – Rise Up, Look Back, Step Forward – Time to ask the hard questions. Our approach always begins with introspection and analysis—when we begin helping other agencies, this is where we start.

We hope our 2021 series has helped shine a light on the critical issues that are making this staffing crisis difficult to overcome. But even more importantly, we hope you’ve come to see that you’re not alone and that we can help. Our team made some incredible impact this year, and there’s more on the horizon! 

Our new Video Blog Series will launch in February, but stay tuned for a bonus episode to drop just after the new year.

It’s a new year with new challenges and new opportunities. Interested in exploring how our proven strategies can help your organization? GoodLife U’s Class of 2022 will have open enrollment starting in January and we invite you to join us. Reach out to us to learn more and if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our monthly e-news so that our latest and greatest comes right to your inbox.

Our Favorite Testimonials from 2021

“The process to implement new schedules was HARD for staff and managers, not knowing all of the ‘why’ behind the changes being made. BUT NOW, those same staff are speaking up about how happy they are and about how their quality of life has improved tremendously. We even had a manager share that this week was the first time her schedule didn’t include direct care hours she had to cover – and stories like this are all over the place. I am so grateful we didn’t let the challenges of change keep us from all of the rewards.” – Stacy Soria, Chief Strategy & People Officer at Koinonia

“What we learned from the GoodLife team about schedules and pay strategies has made a huge impact here. We are still facing an uphill battle with the DSP crisis, but we feel armed and ready. Next we are preparing for integration with iLink, which is extremely exciting. Our industry faces real challenges, but partnering with GoodLife has been positive and empowering.” – Tim Frey, President & Owner of Vista Care, Inc.

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