We are constantly on the hunt for a better way of delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and with the right touch. In the second episode of the Quest for the GoodLife, our CEO Dr. Mike Strouse walks us through how the seed of the Neighborhood Network was planted, and how it has grown to harness the best of technology without compromising the value of the human connection.
In the first episode, we took a close look at how COVID-19 exposed the scariest aspects of institutionalized, congregate care. Now it’s time to look forward and imagine a care system where real relationships and deep connections are the cornerstone. As our goals and vision for the future are now being looked at through the lens of a worldwide pandemic, our need for a new paradigm of care has never been more certain.
To see where we are going, we must maximize our vantage point.
By climbing to the proverbial summit, we get a chance to look out, see our footprint in the world, and chart a path for where we want to go. GoodLife’s approach to the Neighborhood Network started this way–by studying the value of something familiar and old-fashioned, but vitally important. The neighborhood is a place where neighbors help neighbors, where each person brings valuable talents that can be shared within the community, and where resources are drawn from collaborations, partnerships, and unity. Some of us may have grown up in a place like this. Mike did–and it’s what sparked the idea of GoodLife’s Neighborhood Network.
To get where we want to go, we must chart a path.
While GoodLife was one of the first providers of remote support (utilizing early versions of iLink monitoring and support technologies in our care settings since the year 2000), COVID-19 made it abundantly clear that current approaches require the most vulnerable among us to sacrifice connectivity for the safety and security of quarantine or social isolation. GoodLife’s distinct desire is to make sure the human touch remains integral to the Neighborhood Network, while still providing effective, safe, and affordable care.
We get it–providing support that is accessible and cost-effective will require us to tap into the benefits of technology. But GoodLife will not achieve its mission if “caring” for those we serve means losing the ability to develop meaningful, face-to-face relationships.
The Neighborhood Network approach is designed to amplify humanity, and we can’t wait to show you how. In the next episode, we will explore the key components of the Neighborhood Network and introduce you to iLink–an organizational infrastructure that utilizes cutting edge technology to build real relationships, provide on-demand support, and promote independence for those we serve.
GoodLife’s new paradigm of care is redefining what’s possible; to learn more about GoodLife’s New Paradigm of Care, visit our website.