Category Archive for "Eden at Home"

Is Your Cup Too Full?

Is Your Cup Too Full?

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

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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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ChangingAging features Person-Directed Care in the Community through Eden at Home

ChangingAging features Person-Directed Care in the Community through Eden at Home

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

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Educators Drive Transformative Eldercare to New Heights

These Educators return to their peers, and the Elders they serve, this week equipped with new ideas and knowledge, prepared to facilitate learning experiences for all the care partners they support.

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Bringing My Work Home

Bringing My Work Home

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.

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Family Care Partners Make a Difference

Family Care Partners Make a Difference

Being a family care partner of an Elder who needs daily support in their life can be difficult at times. To place the heart and soul of someone you love in the hands of others takes a great deal of trust.

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Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

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

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Show, Don't Tell

“Show, don’t tell” That has been one of The Eden Alternative’s mottos for years, and few do it better than my beautiful daughter Hannah.  She turned 17 yesterday, Feb. 3, 2014.  Just days after she was born we were told it

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Culture Change is for Everyone – Talkin' Bout a Revolution

The first time I met Bill Thomas was in 1996 in San Marcos, Texas.  My father was living with Alzheimer’s disease and had found home in a long-term care community new to the Eden Alternative journey.  In town for an

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It Begins with the Conversation …

Advance care planning involves communicating about anticipated medical choices throughout the adult lifespan (including Elderhood), focused on the individual’s goals and values. Have you had this conversation yet? If not, you are not alone. Studies show that less than 50%

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The Eden Alternative Gets A Little More Diverse

Griswold Home Care in Pinellas County, Florida joined the Eden Registry on July 24, 2013. They are the very first Home and Community Based Service organization to join the Eden Registry. They have about 125 care partners that work independently

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Magic Happened at Clermont Park

Magic happens when seventeen people open people’s hearts and minds. “I started this training in a room full of my peers and ended it, in a room full of new friends.  Though I haven’t known them very long, I trust

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Mission Health Services: Fighting the Negative Effects of Ageism

 “An Elder is someone who has lived the history that we can only read about in text books. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices and  record their stories.” Marvin Maxwell Melbourne III. One day recently on a Eden

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Facilitating Empowerment is a Full Continuum Experience

Being an empowering facilitative leader is the single most important aspect of the culture change journey. For person-directed care to become a reality, facilitative leaders must create an environment flexible enough that teams can make decisions on the spot and

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative®

Goal #2: Increase Person-Centered Care Planning and Decision-Making Description & rationale: Person-centered care means that each resident of a nursing home has a choice about his or her daily routine, activities and healthcare. Staff places value on listening, learning, and

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2217 Hospitals Penalized Since October 2012

These hospitals are being penalized based on their 30-day readmission rates and so far the fines have added up to about $280 million. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is time for Eldercare organizations across the care

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The Eden Alternative Hits the Pioneer Network Conference

The Eden Alternative joined over a 1,000 culture change enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend to kick off the Pioneer Network’s 12th National Conference, Building a Bridge to a New Culture in Aging.  On Sunday, the 5th of August, our

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Home and Community-Based Services Featured in Special Track at International Conference

Home and community-based services had their own track at the International Conference, highlighting the adaptability of the Eden Alternative Principles to different care environments. Featured sessions included:  Person Directed Practice in Home Health Care, Transforming CCRC Culture Through Eden at Home,

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Culture Change Advocates as "Wayfinders"

Life coach Martha Beck’s new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.”  Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture change advocates to me.  Beck describes Wayfinders

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Culture Change is a Buzz in Texas

On March 12, 2012, Dr. Bill Thomas and 186 culture change advocates gathered at the The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas to share in a movement to transform the culture of care regardless of where people live. The day was filled

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AHCA Members and The Eden Alternative Help Meet Quality Goals

The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium was a powerful reminder that The Eden Alternative has resources to help American Health Care Association members meet their quality goals in long term care. “Some is not a number and soon is not

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Eden at Home: Culture Change For Home Care

When you think of culture change in long term care you usually think of efforts to deinstitutionalize big nursing homes, not private homes. After all, if The Eden Alternative® and The Green House® Project models are designed to make long-term-care

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Eden Alternative on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio

The Eden Alternative family knows Laura Beck as the Learning and Development Guide who helped pioneer Eden at Home, which applies the 10 principles of the Eden Alternative to home and community-based care. Last Friday Laura was featured on Alzheimer’s

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Transforming Culture: 'Eden Alternative at Home' Training in Illinois

The Eden Alternative mission extends past the walls of the nursing home and can be embraced by home and community-based caregivers through the innovative “Eden at Home” initiative. Eden at Home captures the essence and successes of the Eden Alternative’s Ten

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How the Eden Alternative Can Help Your Aging Parent and You

Are you new to the Eden Alternative? Check out this introductory overview of the Eden philosophy and model in action from an independent caregiving expert. Earlier this week the radio program “Transition Aging Parents” with Dale Carter broadcast an episode

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Care Partnership & Eden at Home Featured on AFA's "Care Connection"

On Thursday, July 14th at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Care Connection will feature Laura Beck from the Eden Alternative Home Office for “Care Partnership: Breathing New Life into the Giving & Receiving of Care.” As a concept, “care partnership” promotes a

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