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 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.