We are pleased to welcome The Eden Alternative as our newest partner. If you are committed to doing the very best for your residents, you should get to know them.
We are pleased to announce that The Eden Alternative is now a Senior Housing Forum partner. We are looking forward to telling stories about how Eden-trained care partners – which include the elders, their family members, and those who support them, from the hands-on staff to management – empower each other to create meaningful and valuable lives.
What The Eden Alternative Does
The Eden Alternative was founded by Dr. Bill and Jude Thomas, pioneers in the person-directed care movement. At its core, The Eden Alternative was established to combat loneliness, helplessness and boredom. While there is a tendency to think of these three plagues as something that only impacts seniors, in reality anyone on the care team can suffer from these. The Eden Alternative approach is to put the person first, believing it will combat these three plagues for every single person who is part of the care team including the senior. The program accomplishes this through a set of practical tools that are implemented through a combination of education and consultation. The goal is to help organizations across the full continuum of care create living environments, “that honor the voices and choices of the people who live and work there”.
Person Directed Care
If there is a concept or a term that gets talked around a lot it is “Person-Centered Care.” I suspect that, if you visit any senior living community and ask this question: “Do you provide person-centered care?” they would respond by asking what the heck you are talking about or by saying, “of course we provide person-centered care”. For sure, no one is going to say “no, we don’t provide person-centered care; our care is focused on making a profit or making the staff happy.” The problem is that providing genuine person-directed care is not easy, It goes against the way most businesses, even those in the senior care industry, operate. It is made worse by a regulatory environment that is checkbox/task-oriented. This problem is particularly acute in the skilled nursing side of elder care, which is where person-centered care was born. While this model is more difficult to recognize in upscale assisted living communities, they often operate under a ”let us entertain you to death” model, and not through an empowerment model. The Eden Alternative sees person-centered care as an approach that is based entirely on the unique needs, desires and preferences of the person receiving that care. Eden, however, takes this one step further by advocating for “person-directed care,” which means placing decisions about care in the hands of the elders themselves or those closest to them.
Why You Need to Get to Know The Eden Alternative
There are 7 practical reasons for you to explore The Eden Alternative
- You will have happier more content residents
- You will have happier families and better family relationships
- Your residents will be healthier
- Because your residents are healthier, you will have longer lengths of stay
- Your staff will be happier (which, of course, means your residents will be happier).
- Because of all this, word of mouth will make it easier to fill and keep your community full
- Finally, because you have happier staff and healthier residents, you will have lower costs.
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St. John’s in Rochester, NY has been a registered member of the Eden Alternative for over ten years. We are also the first provider in the nation to build community-based Green House homes. We would be happy to share stories with you. We are very pleased to see any promotion of the Eden Alternative and culture change in general in our industry.
Thank you, Jennifer
Eden Care communities in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada,
Operates a seniors assisted living complex and is the first Eden certified assisted living home in Canada. We also have a long term care skilled nursing home that is Eden certified and has been on the Eden journey for the last 7 years. I would be happy to share our successes with you.
I was really pleased to see information and stories shared about the Eden Alternative! Kingston Nursing Center in Conway, South Carolina has been a registered Eden Alternative home since 2000. The journey is ever changing and is both rewarding and difficult. We are one of three Eden Alternative homes in our state and are so honored to be able to provide our elders with a wonderful place to call home.
That sounds like a great idea. I will send you an email.
Thank you for your comments on The Eden Alternative’s Principle based philosophy. What you shared is right on target with those homes who have successfully embraced these concepts, started their journey into person-directed care, and as a result, have continued to grow for a number of years.
I too have had first hand experience as an Executive Director for the first registered Eden home in Ohio and was fortunate enough to help two other homes start and stabilize their journey. Now I’m working full time as a consultant (Elder Centered Solutions, Ohio) to help homes through this transformation and always get excited, along with the home’ s care partners, when they start to realize the role they play in bringing meaningful and purposeful living to the elder’s they serve. Another benefit for the staff is a healthy workplace where it is actually a joy to come to work each day. Thanks again for the articles.
We are very pleased to see any promotion of the Eden Alternative and culture change in general in our industry. I was really pleased to see information and stories shared about the Eden Alternative! Kingston Nursing Center in Conway, South Carolina has been a registered Eden Alternative home since 2000. The journey is ever changing and is both rewarding and difficult. We are one of three Eden Alternative homes in our state and are so honored to be able to provide our elders with a wonderful place to call home.