The right to determine how you are cared for, the right to live a life that truly reflects and celebrates who you are, regardless of age or ability – these are basic human rights. Worth rising up for? We, at
Parker at Stonegate, Highland Park, NJ, joined the Eden Registry on January 4, 2018. Life at Parker at Stonegate is often compared to living at a luxury resort, where so many of your needs are taken care of that all
New Horizons Tower in Toronto, ON joined the Eden Registry on December 21, 2017. This gorgeous high-rise building in the center of Bloordale Village is home to 88 Elders. Ideally located in the heart of its neighborhood, Elders have easy
Signature Healthcare of Monroe County Rehab and Wellness in Tompkinsville, KY, joined the Eden Registry on August 15, 2017. When visitors come to visit this vibrant home, they often comment on how warm it feels when they walk through the
Signature Healthcare of McCreary County Health and Rehab Center in Pine Knot, KY joined the Eden Registry on July 10, 2017. They are in a quaint community just outside of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, which is famously known for
Two weeks remain for the Call for Presentations for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference, and I find myself thinking about the perks of submitting a proposal. Behold the result of my musings… the top ten reasons why you should
A mere month stands between your great presentation idea for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference and the proposal submission deadline of July 8. What to do? What to write? Never fear… inspiration is here! What better way to get
Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech left an indelible mark on the heart of millions. To this day, it remains a powerful reminder that all human beings seek to be seen, respected, honored, and empowered. While King
Our minister began a sermon recently telling the story of the Zen master. The story goes that a university professor traveled to visit a famous Zen master to learn from him. They sat down and the Zen master served the
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
You’ve probably heard about the big story involving the mistreatment of a passenger who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight last week. The incident has created quite a buzz. Well, there’s a very interesting angle to this story
Christie Gardens in Ontario, Canada joined the Eden Registry on March 27, 2017. Located in Toronto’s Davenport Neighborhood, near Seaton Village and The Annex, Christie Gardens Apartments & Care has been serving Elders in Toronto for over 30 years. The
There is much buzz about the PBS’ documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” in culture change circles this week. Award-winning author and world-renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas offers an inspiring counter perspective to the “tragedy narrative” we are all so —
As culture changers, we make it a daily practice to reach beyond labels and assumptions to deeply know each unique individual. Is it always easy? No. But we know that this alone makes it possible for us to transform the
As change agents, remember when we had to fight to be heard about the impact of loneliness on the human spirit? In the nearly 14 years I’ve been doing this work, I recall a lot of strained conversations about well-being
Leading Age Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth Has the Answer… Grit. What is it? According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, there are very specific markers that define grit. The cliff notes are essentially this: perseverance and passion over the long-term. Sound familiar?
I’m posting from the 2016 Leading Age Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and have just returned from a panel discussion about the age-friendly community movement. This global initiative takes a systems approach to creating communities that accommodate and value people of
Here’s a thoughtful reflection on the work of Bill Thomas by Nate Burgos of Design Feaster. This is just an excerpt from the whole piece, which explores wonder from a variety of perspectives. I’m struck by the phrase “Start living your damn
This article of mine was published in PS Magazine, Issue 15 on Page 16. It’s based on a personal story that affirms, without a doubt, that home is where the heart is. Jackie loves the arts… opera in particular. At
Dad’s lesson #5 is that specialists aren’t always special. Nancy Fox would tell you that as human beings, we are all about creating constituencies. It is amazing how fast a group of complete strangers can bond and begin to demonstrate
Life coach Martha Beck’s book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.” (No, Martha is not my kin, by the way.) Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture
Lesson #4 from Dad is about the power of communication. We definitely experienced some poor communication during our journey with Dad. Part of it was the communication that should have happened, but didn’t. For example, when we said “no” to
Lesson #3 from Dad’s end-of-life journey was all about the search for meaning. Eden Alternative Principle Six states: “Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things we find meaningful is essential to human health.” When we teach
I am always so inspired by this organization’s commitment to living the ten principles of The Eden Alternative in big ways. Undaunted, they have changed lives by arranging multiple Elder vacations for the people who live in their communities. There was
Lesson #2 from my Dad’s end-of-life journey is to watch out for Kahlid the Kind. Eden Alternative Principle Seven says, “Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.” Dr. Bill Thomas has written a story
My father passed away recently. It was unexpected; a stroke. Our family found ourselves in a 3-week journey with Dad that was infuriating, exasperating, surprising, and heartwarming all at the same time. I suspect it was much the same as
This article, published in PS Magazine in the May/June 2016 issue, Pages 18-22, highlights how Elder stories are a source of healing not only on a personal level, but on a global one as well. Explore how two unique stories illustrate the vast
A heart-warming story from Mercy Retirement & Care Center, Oakland, CA Emily Sanderson, a Certified Eden Associate and music therapist, at Mercy Retirement & Care Center had an idea. She knew many of the Elders had taught children or cared
I was watching the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this weekend. There is a scene where Judi Dench is contemplating a new relationship with a man staying at the hotel. She tells her co-worker that she wants to
I recently watched a video about finance. The speaker began by explaining why he had an old beat-up kitchen table on stage. He talked about the history of that kitchen table, which came from his home. Although he discussed it
What I love most about the concept of care partnership is the opportunity to discover new teachers and even be surprised by who they might be. The 18-year anniversary of my father’s passing has just recently come and gone, and
Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, and at-bats. He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made
In honor of National Nursing Home Week, we have a treat for you. We, at The Eden Alternative, recently had the distinct honor of receiving three different poems from 3 inspired change agents. Not only do they touch the heart
Something happens for me at the end of every Eden Alternative International Conference. Within moments of the conference closing, I feel it… a sense of let-down or perhaps it’s “good vibes” grief. After two years of planning and nearly a
4000 Valley Square in Grand Forks, ND, joined the Eden Registry on April 14, 2016. Elders in this community enjoy aging in place while benefiting from the many amenities this full continuum-of-care campus has to offer. Divided into 3 communities,
Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on April 15, 2016. The Elders and employee care partners are all about creating close and special relationships. They do this by dividing up into smaller neighborhoods with
Tufte Manor in Grand Forks, North Dakota, joined the Eden Registry on April 13, 2016. This is a special place with special people living and working here. They enjoy the fact that they are located in a neighborhood where they
On Monday, ChangingAging posted a piece by Beth Baker featuring the work we do at The Eden Alternative through our Eden at Home initiative. It offers a powerful example of how one home and community-based organization in North Carolina is
“How has Mrs. Smith handled change in the past?” This was how we predicted how well a new nursing home resident would cope with adjusting to placement in 1983. For the most part, this simplistic rule of thumb seemed to
… 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
Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Promise You’ll Never Put Me in a Nursing Home.” I agree with Dr. Bill’s Thomas’ assertion in this piece that having the right language for what we’re asking for is really the
Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Brodhead, KY, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on November 9, 2015. They are home to 104 Elders, some of which come in only for a short time to receive rehabilitation services. In order to
The conversation about rethinking medication use is getting more interesting. While important strides are being made to reduce antipsychotic use, the issue is actually only one piece in a puzzle that has even larger impact.
In 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) awarded The Eden Alternative grant dollars to support Oklahoma’s reduction of antipsychotic drug use through the delivery of Dementia Beyond Drugs training.
Hank Hartsell is the Deputy Commissioner of Protective Health Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). OSDH has granted funds to help representatives of Oklahoma nursing homes learn more about reducing antipsychotics for those who live with
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.
I know that when I went through my Certified Eden Associate Training, Principle 2 stood out among all the rest. I grew up in nursing homes, and I could relate so well to the joy children brought into a home. A real human habitat.
Since 2011, three states have provided funded registration for this training to hundreds of nursing home employees through the support of CMP funds. This year, Oklahoma is stepping up to the plate by welcoming geriatrician and award-winning author Dr. Al Power to facilitate three Dementia Beyond Drugs events in May 2015.
A group of Elders at Denali Center recently started a Recognition Task Team to celebrate and thank specific staff for the work that they do. One elder shared with a staff member who was having a rough day that she needs to receive, as well as give, and find balance.
I was taught, very early on, to keep home and family life separate from my life at work. My first job as a Registered Nurse was on an oncology/hematology unit at a major metropolitan hospital. The more seasoned staff gave me constant tips on how to leave the pain and heartbreak we struggled with, at the hospital.
We’ve all heard the saying that you should never rest on your laurels. In the culture change world, change, focusing on driving additional change, and finding ways to build on those changes is a way of life.
In September 2014, my husband and I were vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico when Hurricane Odile, the strongest hurricane to ever hit the area, struck. After spending a terrifying night in the basement of the resort, we emerged into the sunlight to complete devastation.
Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant, IA has been holding community meetings with all care partners (Elders, employees, and family members) for six years now. For them, it has remained a vibrant and important gathering time for the community which helps them to grow closer and improve life throughout the home.
A doctor noted for his role as a key architect of President Obama’s healthcare reform reminded us just how narrow the lens of the medical model is when it comes to aging. In an article posted this morning in the
Living with dementia is about changing abilities, not necessarily growing older. You can be a younger adult and still live with dementia. It’s true that, statistically speaking, a large number of people living with dementia are older people. But to compartmentalize the experience of dementia as an aging issue alone is a very bad habit on the part of society.
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In our field we do not deal with physics as Newton did, yet his first law of motion is inescapable.
As we enter the dog days of summer and people jet off for vacation or even just sit on the front steps soaking in the rays, we are reminded about the things that make life worth living.
I was visiting the doctor yesterday where I was told I had a “markedly deviated septum.” I will also be “prescribed a medical option.” If this does not “resolve the difficulty,” I will be “recommended to undergo nasal septal reconstructive surgery, as well as undergo bilateral partial turbinectomy.” To all the medical professionals out there, I might have to explain my frustration.
You might think that the Eden Alternative Home Office Team might not have much new to learn when it comes to understanding and living what Elderhood has to offer. After all, we are immersed in the concept all day, every
I think the reason most of us stay in long-term care is for the people. Nothing is better than coming to work each day and being able to make a difference for those who have chosen to make their home
We all know the scene. You are very a busy person, running here, there and everywhere. It is not unusual for you to grab a quick meal over the kitchen sink, while driving in the car, sitting in front of
Employees in Eldercare communities around the world are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others by applying the Eden Alternative Philosophy and creating a life worth living.
As conversations about QAPI heat up, it becomes exceedingly clear that person-directed practices are a powerful complement to performance improvement. Person-directed care actually strengthens efforts to improve clinical practice, aligning further with QAPI guidelines. Take mouth care, for example. When
As someone who first discovered The Eden Alternative as a family member, I’ve always been passionate about how person-directed care can make a difference in home and community-based settings. The marriage of the two has always been a no-brainer to
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