Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Celebrating the Journey During National Nursing Home Week
National Nursing Home Week is a time to spotlight care partners (Elders, employees and family members) connected with long-term living environments across the country. The brave pioneers who have transformed the traditional into the extraordinary through a commitment to person-directed care, using the Eden Alternative Philosophy, deserve special recognition. These individuals and organizations not only dare to believe it can be different, they are making it happen each and every day!
This week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. What was once a “facility” is now a supportive and caring environment, providing enrichment for all care partners through continued growth, learning and teaching. The care partners are deepening relationships and sharing life stories, discovering simple pleasures and honoring each individual’s rhythm of daily life. Just the simple acts of going from one moment to the next throughout the day are filled with meaning when care partners have companionship, opportunities to give and receive care and enjoy the richness of variety and spontaneity.
We will be sharing stories to get the conversation started. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of possibilities we have yet to reach in honoring Elderhood and enriching our care partnerships.