Have you ever discover you are in the presence of the most amazing person? You find yourself laughing, amazed and stunned as you listen to their stories of what they have overcome and accomplished. This is what happened to me when I meet Sister Lucia in South Africa.
Leadership is crucial to any aspect of culture change. Building a relationship of trust between leaders and the group is one of the most powerful ways of creating a powerful and sustainable team. Leadership expert Simon Sinek discusses why great
I didn’t make it to the Gerontological Society of America conference this week, but McKnight’s reports that a study was presented highlighting the frequent episodes of “resident-on-resident mistreatment” in nursing homes, affecting as many as 20 percent of those residents every month. The “acute urgency” of the problem was stressed in the talk.
I’ve always found the term “awareness” as in “cancer awareness” to be interesting. It is one of those catch-all phrases that gets used whenever we are talking about some problem or another. What does it really mean?
Roselinde Torres discusses how the old models of growing leaders are outdated. Great leadership is essential to thriving in the 21st century, which is depressing when you consider her argument that we are by and large doing it wrong.
The woman continued to push Douglas down the long hallway towards his room. On the left Douglas noticed a man strapped into his wheelchair, his head lolled from side-to-side. A dribble of drool fell from his chin. The woman continued past the old man, without a second glance.
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
This small country home is doing great things to create home and a positive sense of well-being for everyone that lives and works there. Things like creating a spa like bathing experience, family style dining and consistent care partner employee assignments just to name a few.
Left the cold, high latitude of Alaska this morning to head to South Africa to take part in a conference that celebrates aging. I can only imagine all the magic that will take place as people gather to share stories
Some of you may know by this point that I love to share TED talks from time to time and today I’m sharing another one to kick off the week. Anyone who knows The Eden Alternative is most likely acquainted with
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.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released data on its National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care campaign to reduce the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medication by people living with dementia. CMS’s goals are laudable and their progress is heartening. Between
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
I grew up near an artist colony in upstate New York called Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. It had a profound effect on me as a youngster and, it being in a small town, you always knew when the famous artists were there – Capote, Baldwin, Picasso, Highsmith, Puzo.
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.
Life is full of choices, and making choices can be really hard at times. For me, going to Cheesecake Factory to eat is always a challenge….so many great choices on the menu! But in the big scheme of things, choosing a menu item doesn’t mean a lot and really only affects me.
Last week, someone asked me to clarify some things about our Dementia Beyond Drugs training that made me realize that there are still some misconceptions floating around out there regarding the vision behind it. I’d like to share some of my thoughts on this, while noting that Dr. Al Power, the award-winning author of the book by the same name, may have a few of his own.
In my role as an SLP and family educator, I often explain the importance of meeting people with dementia where they are. This usually leads to a conversation about lying to loved ones, which makes everyone uncomfortable at first. Even
A year ago, I posted a blog about the efforts of the State of Kentucky to help decrease antipsychotic use. Like the State of Tennessee before them, Kentucky change agents had chosen education as a key feature of their reduction
Recently the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias published a study showing the effects of mindfulness on care partnerships. CBS News wrote up the findings in an interesting article. Alzheimer’s disease takes a psychological and physical toll not only on
Dugan Home in West Point, MS joined the Eden Registry on August 28, 2014. Located on Main Street in the historic district of West Point Mississippi, they are home to 60 Elders. This Christian-based community is cultivating a bountiful Human
Liberty Care and Rehabilitation in Liberty, KY joined the Eden Registry on August 26, 2014. It is obvious you are somewhere special from the moment you pull into the driveway and see gorgeous flowers, friends gathering on the front porch
The past several years have led me farther and farther away from the pulse of activity relating to culture change in LTC. Although there is a part of me that misses being deeply involved, watching from the sidelines has given me a unique perspective on what is happening in the movement.
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.)
Hey you out there, don’t you dare turn off the screen! Hear me out. I am going to tell you what I like about living in a nursing home. When you hear the words nursing home you often think of these words: smell, afraid, lonely, hospital, institution, senile, bad food, abuse, abandonment…..have I missed anything?
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.
Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky Ohio joined the Eden Alternative registry on August 15, 2014. Located on 100 acres near the beautiful Lake Erie, they opened in 1888 to care for veterans of the Civil War and is still in
I am slowly forgetting how to do nothing. By that I don’t mean “unproductive” or “effortless” activity like scrolling through a Facebook news feed; that activity still requires mental processing. I mean just letting my mind go. No thinking, no scrolling, no clicking, nothing.
This week hundreds of people journey to the Kansas City, MO to attend the Pioneer Network’s 14th Annual Conference. This three day event will explore culture change in its many forms and functions. However, while The Eden Alternative, along with
I graduated from RN school forty-seven years ago next month. Unfortunately, at the age of twenty-four when I obtained my first “management” job, I was not prepared to lead people. I spent a small fortune on leadership books, and I
We are excited to share our video archive of the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. Did you miss a session? Did you want to watch one you liked again? If so, here is the link to our youtube playlist with all 15 recorded sessions.
Enjoy and share away.
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.
New research cited by McKnight’s shows what we have been teaching for years… relationships matter, especially healthy working relationships between care partners. We define care partners as everyone involved in providing care for an elder including professional staff, family, friends, and the elder herself.
Leaders in the field of aging services face an interesting quandary. The happiness and well-being of hundreds of residents and staff depend on our leadership and our dedication. It’s a blood, sweat and tears kind of job. When the buck stops with you, and you are responsible for keeping a department, or a community, or an organization moving in the right direction, it can become all-consuming.
Somewhere in my career my thoughts about dysphagia (or diet) waivers changed gradually. Although I was told they don’t hold up in court, I was also reminded over and over that dysphagia waivers must be completed. As I completed waiver
Wise Leadership can have no substitute. Much of what The Eden Alternative teaches is meaningless without it. Changing the culture of an institution is challenging and strenuous and is never achieved without some form of struggle.
Have you ever truly been helpless? I am talking about a time when you truly had to rely on someone else to care for you, to do the simplest things for you. For most of us this occurs because of a long illness, injury, or surgery.