Category Archive for "Eden Alternative International"

What’s the Speed Limit?

What’s the Speed Limit?

Spending time with leaders who are open to new ideas and challenging their assumptions can be very inspiring. I recently had the privilege of spending two days with such a group of leaders. We were talking about the challenges of

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Support is a Wimpy Word...

Support is a Wimpy Word…

… Especially when it comes to changing the culture of care in an organization. My boss was the first to use it in the journey we were on. He would say, “I’m here for you; I support what you are

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It's About Time!

It’s About Time!

The time has come… the moment for change is now! Believe it or not, it’s been 28 years since OBRA ’87 introduced new regulatory language with the intent of making person-centered care the law of the land.

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One Week Left To Make A Difference

This is personal appeal to help the Eden Alternative succeed in raising $11,500 to buy washing machines for elders in a care home in South Africa. We have a week to raise $1,500, and with your help we know we can do it.

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Welcome Hillside Pines

Welcome Hillside Pines

Located in the Town of Bridgewater on Nova Scotia’s picturesque South Shore they are home to fifty Elders. Each day begins at a leisurely pace with a nice hot homemade breakfast with plenty of healthy options. The meal experience is important to everyone in the home so they work hard to provide an atmosphere that encourages conversation combined with delicious, healthy homemade options.

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The Magic of Mitzvahs...

The Magic of Mitzvahs…

Kindness is powerful. Small acts of kindness, or Mitzvahs, can actually change the world.

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From The Road: Words Do Matter

From The Road: Words Do Matter

It is the simple things that always stand out to me on the many travels I have been so fortunate to make.  Here in South Africa my current favorite simple pleasure is hearing the words “It is my pleasure.” When

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Celebrating Madiba Day in South Africa

Celebrating Madiba Day in South Africa

The legacy of Mr. Nelson Mandela is possible one of the best-known stories around the globe. His passion (and spirit of forgiveness) echoes The Eden Alternative philosophy – that we are called to make the world a better place. (Tikkun Olam – we need to repair this world.)

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Giving and Receiving in Aged Care

I first met Grace earlier this year, February actually, when we were reviewing an “Edenising” home for the Eden Alternative Registry. I had the great fortune to have a learning circle with a group of volunteers (age range 15 – 70+) which included Grace.

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Mobile Phones - Care Partner's Friend Or Foe?

Mobile Phones – Care Partner’s Friend Or Foe?

It’s Monday and I thought I’d share a story on a lesson to be learned about the potential impact of mobile phones for staff and resident relationship development.

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Celebrating International Eden Elders

Celebrating International Eden Elders

Elder care partners, from all over the world, are making extraordinary efforts to apply the Eden Alternative Philosophy and creating a life worth living for themselves and others. At the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference, care partners were invited to nominate Elders they knew for the International Eden Elder Award.

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A Big Shout Out For The Land Down Under

A Big Shout Out For The Land Down Under

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Presbyterian Support. This is a reminder that as a global organization, we can truly change the world.

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Celebrating Transformational Leaders!

Celebrating Transformational Leaders!

Principle Ten of The Eden Alternative states that “Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.”

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Stage Four and Five of Tribal Leadership: From “We’re Great” to “Life’s Great”

Now a week away from the Eden Alternative International Conference, we look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker and best-selling author John King about his book, Tribal Leadership.

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Ann Doyle

How Does Art Contribute to Your Well-being?

The arts have an ability to sooth, move, and inspire us. When our lives are touched by the creativity of others, we often feel “called” to get in touch with our own. With this in mind, conference-goers at the Eden
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Auf Wiedersehen

Yesterday, I said auf wiedersehen, goodbye in German, to a tour group visiting from Germany since last week. This group of 15 long term care administrators, managers, and care staff reached out to me several months ago and asked me

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

We are very excited to announce that Sherbrooke Community Centre has been on the the Eden Alternative journey for 15 years; and what a wonderful 15 years it has been. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so many

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The Eden Alternative in The UK

This post comes to us courtesy of Eden Alternative UK & Ireland. Mt Ephraim, a Greensleeves home, has built on their excellent start to their implementation of the Eden Alternative and in the last two years has taken it to

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The Eden Alternative is “down under” in Australia and New Zealand too

Thanks to Sally Hopkins, Eden Regional Co-ordinator, Australia and New Zealand Just over 12 years ago, six enthusiastic and farseeing individuals from Australia heard Dr Bill Thomas speak about an alternative model of care for people living in residential environments – The

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Long Term Care, South Africa

Long-term care in South Africa is a complex remnant of the Apartheid era. The Long-term care “industry” has accommodation for approximately 2% of the over 65 population in the country, of which 98% are white (European) South Africans. Historically funded

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The Domains, Half A World Away

The Domains, Half A World Away

All examples are taken from the daily lives of the Elders in South Africa.  Communicating a sense of wellbeing for people living with dementia who finds it difficult to communicate seems a huge challenge for most Care Partners. How do we

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The Language Of Care Is Universal

The Eden Alternative first crossed the border to Canada over 16 years ago. Bill Thomas recognized early on that no matter where you are in the world, if care is based on the medical, institutional model you will find loneliness,

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Happy 20th Birthday Eden Alternative!

As I sit here, I am musing about whether it even makes sense to wish happy birthday to an organization? Birthdays seem like a uniquely human thing. We celebrate our birthday as a creation of life and a reminder of

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Nashville's High Notes

As a native Tennessean, you can imagine my excitement when we named Nashville the host city for the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference. There’s something captivating about Nashville, bursting with culture, history and Southern charm. You’ll find artisans here rooted

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Revolution In Ireland

A wonderful video from Ireland. Many thanks to Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and Stephen Cassidy.

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The World O'Eden

One of the best and most valuable parts of the the Eden Alternative movement is the collaboration that goes on between people living in different countries and on different continents. In the early years of Eden Jude and I believed

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Call for Presentations Open – 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference

Today, the Call for Presentations opens for the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. Strike a Chord, Resonate Well-Being. Scheduled from April 30 to May 2, 2014 in  Nashville, Tennessee, the conference’s theme highlights the power of the Eden Alternative Domains of

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Sherbrook Community Centre: Using Community Involvement to Reframe Aging

Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, Canada truly values the larger community in ways that bring meaning and joy to all that become involved. Read below what Patricia Roe, Leader, Communications and Public Relations has to say about their community outreach.

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Inside Look at Person-Centered Care Through The Eden Alternative

When people first encounter The Eden Alternative they have many questions about what it is, how it works and what exactly it looks like. A new mini documentary produced by one of Canada’s largest Eden Alternative homes does an amazing

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International Change Agents Gather in Iceland

On September 26, 2012, culture change advocates from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to listen to presentations about The Eden Alternative.  They shared the challenges they face in bringing culture change to long-term care settings and amazing success

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The Eden Alternative Reaches China and Colombia

As of this month, our global reach at The Eden Alternative has officially extended to 6 out of 7 continents!  On September 4th, Dr. Bill Thomas added South America to the list when he landed in Bogotá, Colombia as keynote

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Real Jobs – Real Descriptions

Who benefits from job descriptions and evaluations?  Is it the Risk Managers, the Human Resource team, the lawyers, Administrators, Nurses’ Aides, Nurses, or housekeeping? Why are they created and evaluated? Ask any number of people that work and live in

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The Wellspring Program Becomes Part of The Eden Alternative

The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference kicked-off in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 31 with an exciting surprise announcement that The Eden Alternative has acquired The Wellspring Program for culture change from LifeSpan Network based in Columbia, Maryland. The Wellspring Program is

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Watch Livestream Video From The Eden Alternative International Conference

The Eden Alternative invites you to join us virtually at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., via livestreaming video and live chat May 30-31 featuring keynote speaker Dr. Bill Thomas and other leading figures from the culture change community broadcast live at www.EdenAlt.org. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join the conversation via social media and be part of an international collaboration of people and organizations working to make a better world for Elders.

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Research and Design Posters featured at the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference

The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference is featuring the first-ever Research, Design, and Innovation Showcase on May 31 and June 1. The poster presentation style event will feature the physical transformation and research endeavors of individuals and organizations on the

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Bermuda Wants The Eden Alternative

The tropical island of Bermuda has a fast-growing elder population and needs to act now to improve long-term care, nursing home administrator Rosheena Masters said in her acceptance speech after receiving a Public Health Professional Award from the island’s Ministry of Health.

What kind of long term care improvements does Bermuda need? According to Masters, administrator at Lefroy House in Somerset, Bermuda needs The Eden Alternative:

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Intergenerational Activities Down Under

For 20 years The Eden Alternative has shown that quality of life for elders and children can be significantly enhanced through intergenerational activities. This is part of creating a “Human Habitat,” which is key to the Eden Alternative philosophy. Nursing homes

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Eden in Oz Growing Strong

The Eden Alternative philosophy is strong and growing Down Under where Australia’s second Eden-in-Oz-registered home has just achieved recognition for all 10 Eden Alternative principles.

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The Eden Alternative Welcome's South Africa's New International Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Rayne Stroebel has been designated International Regional Coordinator for South Africa. During 2011, he introduced South Africa to The Eden Alternative via a ‘road show’ across the country. With the help of June Burgess,

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A Long Time To Be Gone

I am sitting at the kitchen table drinking in the sights, the sounds, the smell and the feel— of home. No place like it. Regular readers know that I have been “on the road” for the past three weeks and,

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"Like" The Eden Alternative on Facebook

Today, we’re launching a new Eden Alternative Facebook Page and I’m excited to invite the world to “LIKE” the Eden Alternative. We’ve prepared a special surprise to help launch the Eden Alternative Facebook Page — we’re holding a YouTube video contest featuring performances from the Eden Idol competition at the 2010 Eden International Conference in Denver posted exclusively on our new Facebook Page.

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European Aging Delegation Visits US To Study Eden Alternative

Europe and the United States have much to share and learn from each other when it comes to caring for and improving the quality of life for our rapidly growing aging populations. Eden Alternative International has long been a bridge

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Empowering Staff is Key to Person-Centered Care

The Eden Alternative is thriving in Australia and DutchCare, the first nursing home facility Down Under to be endorsed in all 10 Eden Alternative principles, is gaining accolades for its commitment to empowering front-line staff. Australia’s leading long-term care magazine

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Presentation Submissions Now Being Accepted for 2012 Eden International Conference

The Eden Alternative® has blazed a trail in the culture change movement for more than 20 years. Thank you for considering sharing your knowledge and expertise with us at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference which is committed to providing

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UK Study Finds Use of Psychotropic Drugs Nearly Eliminated Under Eden Alternative

The UK-based Accord Housing Association is reporting a dramatic fall in the number of residents being prescribed psycotropic drugs from 47% to just 2% since adopting the Eden Alternative philosophy. The association conducted a trial study to reduce the use of

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Introducing the Eden Alternative to South Africa

June Burgess, Regional Coordinator of Eden Alternative UK & Ireland and Eden Mentor and Trainer Paul Bailey submitted this guest post documenting their recent journey to introduce the Eden Alternative to South Africa:   Our trip South Africa was a

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French Elders Prefer Retiring at Historic Sites

The Official Blog of IAHSA – The Global Ageing Network — is a fantastic blog for learning about global trends in aging and long-term care. They have a great post today about property developers in France failing to consider the desires of French elders when it comes to retirement living. Their mistake — borrowing too heavily from the “American model.” A simple but fundamental example of failing to put elders at the center of decision making

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