July 19, 2023

Community Building

A caring, inclusive, and vibrant community enables all of us, regardless of age or ability, to experience well-being.

Eden Alternative Principle 2

This is Community Building.

At the Eden Alternative, we help people in organizations create empowered communities.  How does this work?  What does an empowered community look like?  How do you go about creating one?

In our new online, self-study course, Community Building, by former Eden Alternative CEO, Jill Vitale-Aussem, now President & CEO of Christian Living Communities, Jill takes us on a journey from the hospitality and customer service model of operating a long-term care center to building a community, complete with a mayor and roles for the citizens who live and work there.

The course takes you through the steps to create a community.  From bringing people of different backgrounds together to getting people on board to create a place where people get along, citizens work on projects and challenges and live life to its fullest.  The mindset is different from those in most long-term care environments, and the results of this transformation are extraordinary.

“Building a collaborative and resilient culture is a never-ending process.  We need to keep learning, developing, and adapting.”

Eden Alternative Principle 9


Building a collaborative and resilient culture takes drive and optimism, new leadership styles, and sharing of accountability.  The efforts are worth it to create an environment where people want to live and work.  Employees are happier, love their jobs, and bring their best to work.  Leaders, teams, Elders, and residents all work together to make changes, solve problems, to share sad times, and to celebrate. All citizens’ strengths are leveraged. 


“Decision-making must involve those most impacted by the decision.  Empowerment activates choice, autonomy, and influence.”

Eden Alternative Principle 8

Take the Community Building course now to discover new ways to strengthen your long-term care community. 

The Community Building course launched to Eden Members on July 1st with Members-only pricing.  Become an Eden Member to get the latest resources in person-directed care first and at the best value.

Purchase the course now at the special rate of $99. (Regular price $149). 

This offer is good through July 25, 2023.