Move Mountains… Change Lives.

March 22, 2019
Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative

I recently read a study that found that only 13% of nursing homes in the US had comprehensively adopted culture change. I was beside myself.

“Thirteen percent?!” I said, “Are you kidding me? How can that be possible?” Full disclosure: I also probably said some swear words.

I mean, we know that a person-directed culture makes sense. We know Elders deserve better than the institutional model. We know care partners deserve better than the institutional model. We know it’s the Right. Thing. To. Do.

So, why have so few organizations driven deep and sustainable change? Here’s why: It’s hard. It’s unbelievably hard. It’s a journey full of one step forward and two steps back. It’s frustrating. It’s full of barriers and challenges.

Sometimes, it feels like it’s impossible. Like moving a mountain. I know I felt that way on many days, when I was an administrator. But The Eden Alternative makes it possible. I know from my own journey driving change through the Eden Alternative approach. In my experience, organizations that are successful in creating real and sustainable transformation have three things in common:

  1. They innovate. They know that the status quo isn’t ok. They know that good isn’t good enough. They’re not afraid to break things, make mistakes and challenge long-held assumptions.
  2. They collaborate. They engage everyone — Elders and all of their care partners. They align themselves with organizations and people that are also working to drive this change. They know they can’t go it alone and that there is much to be learned from the mistakes and the triumphs of others. They share what they’ve learned to help others gain traction and make progress.
  3. They get results. They measure and track and learn from their successes…and their failures. They experience incredible improvements in the well-being of the elders and their care partners, in team member retention and organizational metrics. But when they get those results, they don’t stop. They set the bar higher and keep moving. They know that while it’s damn hard work, it’s also the most rewarding, the most important work they can do.

Our 2020 Eden Alternative International Conference will be all about Innovating. Collaborating. And Getting Results. It’s about making what seems impossible, possible. It’s about Moving Mountains. And what better place to do that than Denver, Colorado? It’s my home town, and I know you’ll love it as much as I do. We have a great experience planned for you. So, mark your calendars. Be there, April 28-30, 2020. Together, we are stronger.

Call for Presentations Opens in May 2019.  Registration Opens in Fall 2019.

Conference website officially launches in May 2019. Until then, click here.

Click here to view a video invitation to the conference from Jill Vitale-Aussem.

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