Eden Alternative Inspires Major Elder Care Transformation

July 18, 2011
Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org

Anne-Michelle Daniel is administrator and CEO of Community Place, a nonprofit nursing home in Jackson. / Vickie D. King/The Clarion-Ledger

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 inspired by the Eden Alternative care philosophy.

The new campus will even include a fishing pond, the top request among current residents.

Administrator and CEO Anne-Michelle Daniel, one of three Eden Educators in Mississippi, said her 88-person staff joined forces with the 60 elder residents to create a new community based on the Eden beliefs that aging should be a continued stage of development and growth rather than a period of decline.

Daniel was also inspired by her relationship with her grandfather. The Clarion-Ledger reports:

Anne-Michelle Daniel’s visits with her grandfather in an assisted living complex were laden with memorable banter.

They were also laden with memorable moments that gave Daniel pause.

“My grandfather and I were really close. I named my son after him,” Daniel said of Clyde Joseph Juneau.

“He was very candid about his life through elder care. We’d talk about ideas and philosophies. He was a good sounding board.”

What Daniel took away from those visits is the foundation of her work at Community Place, a nonprofit nursing home in Jackson.

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