Johnson County Montessori School & North Star Academy: A special place of inclusion and learning

School

GoodLife’s 40-year partnership with the University of Kansas (KU) has developed a number of nationally regarded service models including North Star Academy (NSA), a school for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Today we visit with Kristen Kunze, Executive Director of Children’s Services for GoodLife, and Pam Neidert, Assistant Professor for KU’s Applied Behavioral Science department, to learn about… read more

Meet Heather Kessler

Heather

Heather, tell us how you contribute to the GoodLife population. Sure! I’ve been a nurse for more than 10 years and have direct support professional (DSP), long-term care,  and hospice experience. What I loved about hospice is that the goal is to make sure individuals have a good quality of life, and that translates well to what GoodLife works to accomplish.… read more

Applied Technology Center: Connecting communities to holistic care

Applied Technology Center

GoodLife’s vision is to redefine what’s possible for supporting people to live independent, satisfying and purposeful lives. We believe when neighbors, technology, and care come together, life is good. A connected community is our most powerful tool for independent living, and the blueprint for our service model, The Neighborhood Network.  The Applied Technology Center is integral to GoodLife’s approach to… read more

Meet Anthony Stephens

Meet Anthony

Anthony, how do you contribute to the GoodLife population? I think the better question is how does GoodLife contribute to my life? That’s way more impactful in my mind! But to answer your question, I am a Direct Support Professional (DSP) serving four men that live together in one of our residential homes. My job is to care for these men… read more

From reimagining to reality: replacing traditional care models with next generation services

Technology

Goodlife’s most valuable outcomes are the result of listening to and understanding our most vulnerable residents. We’ve learned they want, and require, something different than what providers have traditionally offered them. Here’s what we know for sure, especially now in the midst of COVID-19: It is impossible to prevent or contain cross contamination in congregate settings (like nursing homes, group… read more

Together, we can weather the storm

Labor Strategies

As we face an unprecedented national health crisis we have no doubt that service providers (like us) are necessarily shining a huge spotlight on their systems, policies, and infrastructure. We are asking challenging questions like: Just how equipped are we to weather this storm? Are we as nimble as we hoped? As stable? Where do we face the greatest threats… read more

GoodLife careers: Innovative job schedules means more pay and more time off

Careers

What if we told you GoodLife offers Direct Support Professionals (DSP) more take-home pay, more time off and better schedules? It’s all part of our unique labor strategies to improve workforce stability and lower provider costs.   Better shifts, better pay, more time offOur unique shifts for DSPs accomplishes the goals of more time off, more take-home pay, and more capacity… read more

Beyond turnover: how GoodLife measures workforce stability

Beyond turnover:  how GoodLife measures workforce stability

We’ve talked about the Perfect Storm and you’re probably already aware that the Direct Support Provider (DSP) workforce has been one of the most unstable workforces nationally for over three decades.1 While the national turnover rate for all workforces averages about 3%, annual DSP turnover rates now exceed 50%.2 There is no single answer or solution, but it starts with… read more

Meet Adriane Murray

Meet Adriane Murray

Adriane, tell us how you contribute to serving GoodLife’s population?I began my journey with GoodLife in a direct care role when my husband and I accepted a Family Teaching Model position. For three years, we lived on one side of a duplex and 3-4 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) lived on the other side. I then moved on… read more

A 40-year partnership leads to a lifetime of impact

KU Partnership

GoodLife’s history is filled with passionate people demanding better care for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Two of our co-founders, James Sherman and Jan Sheldon, also held faculty positions at the University of Kansas (KU). Together they recognized and understood the importance of evaluating and applying best practices to service settings and addressing societal concerns. This… read more

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