Mission Health Services Explains Eden Alternative To TV Audience

September 01, 2011
Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org

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 Wasatch Front. In 2008 Mission Health Services committed to The Eden Alternative philosophy and principles.

The adoption of the Ten Principles of The Eden Alternative impacts every aspect of life and care at Mission Health Services care communities, said Devries, who is Mission’s Eden Transformation Mentor. Over 200 MHS staff have graduated from Certified Eden Associate training and are committed to providing companionship, opportunities for Elders to give care, and an environment rich in variety and spontaneity.

Studio 5 reports:

Mission Health Services offers a unique look at elderly living. Their organization is committed to implementing the “Eden Alternatives: A Principal of Care”, a philosophy that seeks to ensure those living within long-term communities experience growth and comfort. They strive to eliminate the typical long-term facility that is filled with loneliness and boredom, and replace it with a vibrant atmosphere where residents feel a place of belonging. Mission Health Services steps away from labeling residents by their medical conditions, but rather identifies their individual talents, interests, and abilities. The Eden Alternatives philosophy caters to individual preferences with regards to meals, meal times, family visits, and more. It also provides the residents with an opportunity to participate within the community.

Click below to visit Studio 5 to watch the full video:

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