Category Archive for "Eden Alternative Philosophy"

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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Embracing Elderhood Changes Lives Across Generations

At last week’s Green House Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., I had the opportunity to introduce Green House adopters to Embracing Elderhood, an Eden Alternative initiative that brings volunteers, age 16 and older, together with Elders through the power

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Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care

Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond

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The Argument for Well-Being Through Culture Change

At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their

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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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The Hillside Piano Player

Sandra Wood, the activity coordinator for Hillside Residential Care Home in Swansea, England attended the Eden Associate course taught by our Regional Coordinators for UK and Ireland, June Burgess and Paul Bailey. According to Sandra, this is what happened when

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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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New UCSF Study Declares Loneliness Lethal for Elders

Last week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study involving 1,600 Elders, confirming what the Eden Alternative Philosophy has upheld for many years. Medical experts found that Elders suffering from loneliness were at significant risk for

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What are the Hidden Dangers of Surplus Safety?

The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference included a unique pre-conference session featuring Dr. Bill Thomas and a panel of long term care experts offering a half-day masters-level course on the hidden dangers of Surplus Safety.

If you attended the last Eden Alternative international conference in 2010, Dr. Thomas offered an exclusive first look at the concept of Surplus Safety, which he was developing at the time. Now, Surplus Safety has become a central philosophy for culture change advocates and a core component of creating a life worth living. It is directly tied to every aspect of life in a nursing home and other long term care settings, including walking, eating, sleeping and even going to the bathroom.

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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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Wellspring Program Becomes Part of The Eden Alternative

Two culture change leaders, The Eden Alternative and the Lifespan-Network’s Wellspring Program, are now one. The official announcement of The Eden Alternative’s acquisition of the Wellspring Program was made last week at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference. Charlotte Eliopolous, Executive Director of the Wellspring Program, joined Dr. Bill Thomas, co-founder of The Eden Alternative, and me to make the exciting announcement at the opening session of our International Conference in front of more than 350 people from seven different countries.

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 5

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 4

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 3

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Institution vs. Community

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 2

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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International Conference Takes Culture Change Across the Full Continuum of Care

Navigating the Way Home: Guiding Change Along the Continuum of Care, our 6th International Conference, ushers in a new and exciting period of growth for The Eden Alternative.  Scheduled for May 30-June 1, the event features The Eden Alternative’s commitment

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 1

National Nursing Home 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. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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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

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Elders Share Artistic Talents at the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference

At the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference, Elders have the opportunity to share their artistic flair by participating in a silent auction of Elder art.  This is the second time the International Conference has featured this event.  In 2010, Alice

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CMS and AHCA Call for Reduced Use of Antipsychotic Drugs — How are You Addressing this Issue?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a national action plan aimed at reducing the use of antipsychotics by raising public awareness, increasing public reporting, regulatory oversight and research and assistance. The Eden Alternative has responded by launching two new groundbreaking programs to help reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs: Reframing Dementia and Dementia Beyond Drugs.

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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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Building Bridges Offers Experiential Youth Track at International Conference

At each Eden Alternative International Conference, we get a chance to take a fresh look at culture change as a community issue. Through Building Bridges, Elders and youth, ages 11 to 15, come together to learn more about each other

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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 Alternative Train the Educator Intensives Kick Off New Educator Pathway

The Eden Alternative is excited to introduce a new development pathway for Eden Educators with an open invitation to participate in our 2012 Train the Educator Intensives. It is our desire to seek people that have the qualifications, skills, and

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Next Generation of Long-Term Care: Personable and Person-Focused

Are we finally getting more comfortable going outside the box to deliver dignified care? Anne-Marie Botek at AgingCare.com recently explored concepts like dementia towns, Green Houses, Villages, and The Eden Alternative. She made the point that  putting people first sometimes means doing some unconventional

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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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Adoption Event Brings Aging Pets and Elders Together

Eden Alternative registered Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in California is partnering with the local SPCA for an innovative adoption program designed to improve the lives of both elders and aging pets.

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St. John's Home Staff Member Becomes Eden Mentor

St. John’s Home is pleased to announce that Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Training Coordinator for the Work Life Team, has been named an Eden Mentor by the Eden Alternative Home Office this week. The following is a description of the important role of Eden Mentors:

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"Best Nursing Homes" Embrace Concepts Like Eden Alternative, Newspaper Reports

This week the Detroit Free Press ran a three-part investigative series examining the state of nursing home care in Michigan. Part one and two in the series highlight the challenges of providing quality eldercare and the abysmal failure of Michigan’s

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Join Dr. Bill Thomas For a Day-Long Culture Change Conference in Indiana

Join Dr. Bill Thomas, co-founder of The Eden Alternative, along with local culture change leaders for a day-long conference “Making the Culture Change Journey Together” in Kokomo, Ind., on Dec. 14.. Taking the journey together means identifying the unique needs

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Eden-Registered Elim Rehab in ND Undergoes $7 Million Renovation

The Forum in North Dakota reports that Eden registered Elim Care Center in Fargo broke ground this week in a major $7 million renovation and expansion of their facility that will create 20 private single-occupancy rooms and make rehabilitation services more accessible and person-centered.

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Eden Alternative & Mission Health Care

What does the Eden Alternative philosophy mean to those who practice it? Gary Kelso, president of Eden-registered Mission Health Care in Salt Lake City recently sat down with Provider Magazine to discuss his organization’s dedication to the Eden journey and

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Vote For West Jordan In The Pink Glove Dance Competition

Why would perfectly sane and incredibly busy Eden Alternative care partners agree to dance in a YouTube video viewed around the world? Eden Alternative Registered West Jordan Care Center in Utah is proud to submit a video in the national Medline Pink Glove Dance competition.

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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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Growing Bolder Radio Says Check Out Eden Alternative

Thanks to the power of Google News Alerts and social media I just came across a fantastic interview with Dr. Bill Thomas from a few years ago that the Growing Bolder radio show has posted online as part of their

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Medicine is the servant of Genuine Human Caring

From the ChangingAging Blogstream: By Rachel Scher, The Green House Project Blog Medicine is the Servant of Genuine Human Caring from The Green House Project on Vimeo. In The Green House home, we recognize that all people are creative, resourceful

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Mission Health Services Explains Eden Alternative To TV Audience

Marla Devries of Mission Health Services in Utah was featured this week on KSL TV’s Studio 5 health and wellness program discussing the Eden Alternative’s principles of care. Mission Health Services is a community-based non-profit organization providing services across Utah’s

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Aging Today Features Dr. Al Power on Intentional Communities

Don’t miss Dr. Al Power’s latest article on Intentional Communities to be published in September’s issue of Aging Today. Follow the link to read the full article at Dr. Al Power’s blog. Intentional communities can prevent institutional angst, connect generations

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Fall Webinars You Do Not Want to Miss!

Alternative Approaches to Care and Well-Being: Two Success Stories Alternative therapies and approaches to care can significantly enhance person-directed care practices. Those committed to shifting the culture of care understand the importance of quality of life and maximizing one’s potential

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Oregon Eden Alternative Home Builds a 'Community of Memory'

Oregon Eden Alternative Home Builds a 'Community of Memory'

The Eden Alternative blog commends reporter John Darling for leading a news story on Eden Alternative registered home Roxy Ann Memory Community with this simple but powerful pro-aging statement.

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Changing the Culture of Care for LGBT Elders

An Eden Alternative registered facility in Oakland, Calif., has launched a research-based cultural sensitivity initiative targeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders receiving skilled nursing and long-term care, the Bay Area Reporter reportered this week. Raising awareness of LGBT

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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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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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'What is the Eden Alternative?' A Board Member's Point of View

'What is the Eden Alternative?' A Board Member's Point of View

Earlier this week we blogged about Community Place, a non-profit Eden Alternative nursing home in Jackson, Miss., breaking ground tomorrow in a major development to completely relocate their facility onto an innovative 22-acre campus of cottages, assisted and independent living complexes

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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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Eden Alternative Inspires Major Elder Care Transformation

Eden Alternative Inspires Major Elder Care Transformation

Community Place in Jackson, Miss., breaks ground this Friday in a ceremony culminating seven years of work to relocate and transform the non-profit nursing home into an innovative 22-acre campus of cottages, assisted and independent living complexes and skilled nursing

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Home is Where the Heart Is

The press leads with this… Beeping call bells, medication carts, rigid meal times and other elements of traditional nursing homes have been scrapped on the 13th floor of The Cunningham nursing home in Syracuse. The changes are all part of

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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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How Eden Alternative Can Help Your Aging Parent and You

Please join “Transition Aging Parents” radio host Dale Carter for an upcoming broadcast focused on the Eden Alternative featuring Holly Whiteside, author of the “The Caregiver’s Compass. Dale and Holly will explore the benefits and principles of the Eden Alternative

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Celebrating Eden Principle 6 at Elmhurst Extended Care

Eden Alternative Registered home Elmhurst Extended Care is proudly celebrating their achievement of Principle 6 of the Eden Alternative and Milestone 1 in the The Path to Mastery™: The Art of Creating a Caring Community. Elmhurst shared their achievements on

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Journey Through Aging Explores the 10 Principles of Eden Alternative

The Journey Through Aging radio program sponsored by Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services has been featuring the Eden Alternative’s 10 Principles in a series of interviews with Eden Educator Jennifer Heston. Host Joel Wrobbel talks to Jennifer about how the growing

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Eden in the ER

For the past couple of years I have been working on reforming the hospital emergency department. Friends of Eden will recognize many of the basic features of the Senior ER. We optimize the physical environment to meet the needs of

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Extraordinary Cat Senses When Death is Near For Nursing Home Residents

Don’t miss this amazing story at ChangingAging.org — I’m sure many of us in the Eden family have similar stories from some of the amazing animal companions in our lives. Most cat lovers claim their felines have a second sense

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Spreading the Culture Change Message

How do we spread the message of culture change and the Eden Alternative philosophy? This week we have a powerful example from Dotty St. Amand, executive director of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Dotty published

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