Posts Tagged "Eden Alternative"

What does an SLP do?

What does an SLP do?

Thanks to Eden Alternative for asking me to guest blog again. I originally blogged a month ago about the differences Eden Alternative made for me as a staff member. Today, I want to share a little more about the role

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Feeling Boxed In?

Why is it that we are constantly trying to put our lives, and all the tasks within it, into separate boxes? I find it interesting to see how I compartmentalize paperwork and tasks in my job. I can even remember

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Honoring Passion, Recognizing Champions

We recently heard about two well-deserved recognitions for Eden Registry Members. Piner’s Nursing & Guest Homes in Napa, CA was voted Napa’s best Nursing Home by the Elders of the Napa community! Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, MS has

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A Home Where Love Matters

One mantra that Dr. Thomas has consistently put forth is “when the Eden Alternative is embraced, you create a home where love matters.” We are reminded of this every time a new organization joins the Eden Registry. When leaders understand

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Culture Change is for Everyone – Talkin' Bout a Revolution

The first time I met Bill Thomas was in 1996 in San Marcos, Texas.  My father was living with Alzheimer’s disease and had found home in a long-term care community new to the Eden Alternative journey.  In town for an

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Happy 20th Birthday Eden Alternative!

As I sit here, I am musing about whether it even makes sense to wish happy birthday to an organization? Birthdays seem like a uniquely human thing. We celebrate our birthday as a creation of life and a reminder of

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Remembering the Why’s

The recent Neighborhood Guide Training with the team from Sunset Retirement Communities was a good reminder of why this training, and growing empowered teams of employee care partners, is so important for our 2014 New Year’s growth plans. Throughout the

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Where’s the Passion?

What feeds your passion in caring for Elders? Is it the state and federal regulations? Is it the quality measures you are tracking? Is it the new guidelines coming out with the Affordable Care Act? Is it QAPI? Is it

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Revolution In Ireland

A wonderful video from Ireland. Many thanks to Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and Stephen Cassidy.

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It’s not a Program. It’s a Philosophy!

A friend of mine just shared a very cool article published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing about a recent study of person-centered care. I’ve read a lot of studies about person-centered care, but what really caught my eye here

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Language is Soooooo Important!

The team here at the The Eden Alternative constantly reminds me about the importance of language in creating a true person-directed care environment. An article in today’s issue of McKnight’s makes the point very nicely. One of the most common

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“Building Bridges” Between Youth and Elders

Over the last couple of months, Virgil Thomas and I have blogged quite a bit about the impacts of ageism on both Elders and youth.  In these blogs, we encouraged readers to embrace fully what ageism actually means:  “prejudice against

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The Next 10 Years – Something to Celebrate

Jennifer Clar of St. John’s  in Rochester, NY guest blogs about their 10-year Eden Alternative Anniversary I’ve always had a problem trying to answer the question, “What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?”  When I was in my

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Human Habitat on McKnight's

Eden Educator and all around awesome person Jean Dobay has a guest column on McKnight’s about creating a human habitat. It’s something we should all take five minutes to read. Things were so much less complicated when I started into

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It Begins with the Conversation …

Advance care planning involves communicating about anticipated medical choices throughout the adult lifespan (including Elderhood), focused on the individual’s goals and values. Have you had this conversation yet? If not, you are not alone. Studies show that less than 50%

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Effective Decision-Making in Moments of Crisis Requires Support

When is it right for an Elder to go to the Hospital? In a person-directed care organization, deciding if an Elder should go to the hospital is driven by the individual’s life goals and preferences first, and treatment second. Eden

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Communicating During Transitions; Strangers or Friends?

Communicating with Elders during transitions in care is crucial. Strangers cannot communicate well with strangers, or about strangers. If the use of healthcare resources, especially hospital care, is to be optimized to the individual, then relationships have to be built

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Never Outgrow Growth

We at The Eden Alternative have spent nearly twenty years thinking about how a life is well lived. The Eden Alternative Domains of Well Being were developed to try to capture the essence of a good life. Identity, Growth, Autonomy,

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Journey Through The Ten Principles

We are excited to share with you a new look at the Ten Principles of The Eden Alternative. Explore the principles, and go deeper for a more thorough understanding. The presentation is interactive. Click through using the arrow keys, but

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St. Johns Recognized In Local Paper

The Eden Alternative’s strength is drawn from its members. This is why we love to see our Certified Eden Associates, Educators, and Mentors grow. It is why we love to see our Registry Members thrive. We shared a story last

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Awesome Eden Tree Alternative

It’s a light day here at the Eden Alternative Blog but we just thought we’d share with you an astounding, imaginative depiction of the Eden Tree. Each branch represents a value we try to embody, are we missing any?

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Be Courageous Enough to Be Influential

In case you haven’t seen it, one of our educators, Frosini Rubertino, was plugged by McKnights Long-Term Care News for doing her part in the culture change movement with her book Carmelina. “It comes from the heart, through professional and personal experiences in the long term

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Attention Registry Members…Avoid Summer Frost!

What’s your summer strategy? Getting a tan, relaxing by the pool, treasure hunt? Any of these are certainly fun and well deserved, but what about after you apply some sunblock we go on a journey? Ask yourself these questions… How

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Moments Like These

          Where were you June 11, 2013? We know where we were; Right here welcoming Heritage Manor in Newton, Iowa to the Eden Registry. It is often said to the folks that work at Heritage Manor,

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The Eden Alternative in South Africa

The Story:  A care facility in crisis. Back in 2011 the Department of Social Development, Western Cape, took control and placed the facility under the full administration of GERATEC. Areas that needed to be tackled in the transformation include but

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Bringing Dementia Training to Wisconsin

The Eden Alternative and LindenGrove, Inc. are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power of the same name, Dementia Beyond Drugs. The 2-day training  from The Eden Alternative applies person-directed care

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Call for Presentations Open – 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference

Today, the Call for Presentations opens for the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. Strike a Chord, Resonate Well-Being. Scheduled from April 30 to May 2, 2014 in  Nashville, Tennessee, the conference’s theme highlights the power of the Eden Alternative Domains of

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The Beverly Centre Glenmore joins the Eden Registry

The Beverly Centre Glenmore Calgary, AB, Canada joined the Eden Registry on May 23, 2013.  The Beverly is home to 215 Elders and they also provide meaningful experiences to 40 Elders that attend the Adult Day Program.  Beautifully decorated it

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Another Signature HealthCARE Home Joins the Tribe

Our newest addition, Signature HealthCARE at The Courtyard,  joined the Eden Registry on May 21, 2012. Nestled away in the lush trees of Marianna, Florida, 120 Elders call The Courtyard their home. Elders here enjoy the picturesque grounds that are

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Eye-Opening and Inspiring!

“This experience has been eye-opening and inspiring!”, a quote from one of the participants at the Neighborhood Guide Training in Conneautville, PA. The training was generously hosted by Rolling Fields, an Eden Registry Member. Twenty-four leaders, committed to growing empowered

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Mission Health Services: Fighting the Negative Effects of Ageism

 “An Elder is someone who has lived the history that we can only read about in text books. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices and  record their stories.” Marvin Maxwell Melbourne III. One day recently on a Eden

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Facilitating Life Passions: Celebrate the Person, Grow the Team

A few days ago I was lecturing my 14 year-old about safety and his passion for snowboarding and long boarding (skateboarding with a longer board). “Mom,” he told me, “You are asking me to hold back on what I love!”

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Reducing Antipsychotics is Hard Work, but Worth the Effort

An article published in today’s issue of McKnight’s cites the slow progress in nursing homes achieving reductions in the use of antipsychotics as sought by CMS. In stark contrast to this report, I had the privilege to hear about a

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Measuring Customer Satisfaction as a Culture Change Tool

Ever wonder if gauging customer satisfaction is really worth the time and effort? Jill Vitale-Aussem, Executive Director of Clermont Park in Denver, Colorado, had become accustomed to the same experience of satisfaction surveys in every organization she had worked for

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Connecting Person-Directed Care to the Baldrige Healthcare Criteria

Culture change with The Eden Alternative strengthens quality across the organization. The Eden Alternative is about so much more than bringing in cats, dogs and birds to a nursing home. There are tools, resources, education, experts, consultants, guides, and much

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Sherbrook Community Centre: Using Community Involvement to Reframe Aging

Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, Canada truly values the larger community in ways that bring meaning and joy to all that become involved. Read below what Patricia Roe, Leader, Communications and Public Relations has to say about their community outreach.

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The Timeless Power of the Learning Circle

“I have seen there is no more powerful way to initiate significant change than to convene a conversation… It is always like this.  Real change begins with the simple act of people talking about what they care about.”  – Margaret

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Moving from Hallways to Neighborhoods

“I’m sitting in a room in Oklahoma city for a five-day Neighborhood Guide training. We are on day 4 of the training which has created an exhausted group of sixteen that have a new vision. Today, the room is electric!

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Words With Elders

Kingston Nursing Center in Conway, South Carolina is having a great time honoring National Scrabble Day.  The team thought it would be fun to honor National Scrabble Day and the hot new game “Words with Friends” together. The Administrative Secretary

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Safe to Reduce Antipsychotics Says New Study

A recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs without risking adverse outcomes for Elders. This study supports the current initiatives from CMS, AHCA, and

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative: Increase Use of Consistent Assignment

Description & rationale: Consistent Assignment means that the same person takes care of the same individual every day he or she goes to work. Staffing this way lets meaningful relationships develop between the employee and individual accepting support. This, in

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Facilitating Diversity Drives Change

Principle Two of The Eden Alternative tells us that the creation of a Human Habitat is the most effective cure for the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  By definition, a Human Habitat is “an environment where different species live

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Facilitating Empowerment is a Full Continuum Experience

Being an empowering facilitative leader is the single most important aspect of the culture change journey. For person-directed care to become a reality, facilitative leaders must create an environment flexible enough that teams can make decisions on the spot and

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Twenty Neighborhood Guides Have Their Roadmap to the Future

Twenty individuals became Neighborhood Guides at the end of a five-day training experience in Rochester, New York this past week. Sixteen attendees were from Kirkhaven Transitional & Long-Term Care in Rochester and four were from Schlegel Villages in Ontario, Canada.

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Promoting Engaged Teams

The Canterbury at Cedar Grove Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Grove, NJ has started Pop Up Groups as a way of promoting engaged teams. To create each Pop Up Group, they took the employee list and every team got

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Renewing Commitment to Culture Change

Worth the Effort: Renewing Commitment to Culture Change  The Eden Steering Team at Spectrum Health Reed City Campus in Reed City, MI thought they had a good idea for 2012. Little did they know just how great an idea it

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Strong Communication Skills: Step One to Building a Participatory Culture

Successful culture change calls on leaders to create an organizational culture that actively engages everyone in change initiatives.  Leaders who just pay lip service to creating a participatory ethos find out very quickly that they are building their culture change

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative®

Goal #1: Improve Staff stability Description & rationale: A stable workforce is fundamental to providing the highest quality care and life in nursing homes and sustaining performance improvement. Working on this goal will provide nursing home staff with resources and

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Art Brings Forth Expression and Innovation

Erin Partridge, MA, ATR, RYT, Art Therapist, Life Enrichment Coordinator  – Salem Lutheran Home, Oakland, CA We spent a sunny afternoon on the Terrace arranging our recent artwork into a ‘gallery’ on the wall of the activity room.  As we

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Care is More than Customer Service

For many years companies have pursued great customer service as a competitive strategy. Think the Disney model. Organizations in the health care arena, especially long term care providers, have more recently taken up the same charge. Think “If Disney Ran

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The Key to Sustainable Change is Facilitative Leadership

Someone asked me recently what was so special about being a facilitative leader.  There are so many ways to answer this question, but let’s zero in on why facilitative leadership is particularly significant to person-directed care across all care settings. 

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2217 Hospitals Penalized Since October 2012

These hospitals are being penalized based on their 30-day readmission rates and so far the fines have added up to about $280 million. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is time for Eldercare organizations across the care

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Brethren Retirement Community Celebrates the Holiday Season – by Holly Hill

At Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio no two days are alike which allows for excitement and fulfillment each and everyday.  Last month was no exception, as Brethren Retirement Community turned into a Winter Wonderland for all to witness followed

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It's a Process, Not a Program

As a society, we love our programs.  Move around in any professional sub-culture and you will hear the word “program” thrown about repeatedly.  We love methodically following their pre-determined steps and adding them to a list of other programs that

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Tennessee Takes on Antipsychotic Drug Reduction

Last week, the first of three multi-day events took place in Nashville, TN, focusing on the reduction of anti-psychotic drugs (see Chris Perna’s recent post for the details).  This collaboration between The Eden Alternative and the Tennessee Department of Health,

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Pinnacle Quality Insight Becomes Eden Alternative Value-Added Partner

This past month, The Eden Alternative added Pinnacle Quality Insight® to its growing list of value-added partners. Pinnacle offers customer satisfaction measurement to senior care providers. Their feedback process is based on the idea that healthcare should be evaluated just

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Eden Alternative Delivers Major Dementia Training Initiative in Tennessee

A press release issued today by the Tennessee Department of Health states that the Office of Health Care Facilities has secured a CMP grant totaling more than $370,000 to provide training for 749 people including nursing home direct care staff members,

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QAPI and The Eden Alternative®: What Are the Connections?

A recent article in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News entitled “Ready, Set: QAPI!” got me thinking about what long-term care communities are going to need to feel prepared to deal with upcoming regulations coming out of the new Quality Assurance and

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International Change Agents Gather in Iceland

On September 26, 2012, culture change advocates from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to listen to presentations about The Eden Alternative.  They shared the challenges they face in bringing culture change to long-term care settings and amazing success

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Educators and Mentors Unite in Florida

Eden Alternative Educators and Mentors came from all over the U.S. and Canada to St. Petersburg, Florida October 5 & 6, 2012 for our bi-annual face to face gathering. Many hot topics were discussed such as identifying new paradigms that

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Eden Alternative’s Presence Felt at AHCA Conference in Tampa

One of the ways we are getting exposure for The Eden Alternative these days is by exhibiting and speaking at industry events like the recent AHCA Annual Conference in Tampa, Fl. In Tampa Nancy Fox and I partnered on an educational

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Surplus Safety….More Than Meets the Eye

I had the privilege recently of attending a symposium about “surplus safety,” put together by the Erickson School at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and funded by the Maurice Rothschild Foundation. Many thanks to these organizations for convening a

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New Eden Alternative Neighborhood Guides Come Out of Sewickley, PA Training

Two new organizations are stepping up to ensure that their neighborhood teams are successful. Care partners from St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY (Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Kristine Angevine, and Karen Natoli) and Epworth Village in Oklahoma City, OK (Linda Crawford) attended

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The Eden Alternative Reaches China and Colombia

As of this month, our global reach at The Eden Alternative has officially extended to 6 out of 7 continents!  On September 4th, Dr. Bill Thomas added South America to the list when he landed in Bogotá, Colombia as keynote

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Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care

Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond

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A Memory Care Home That is Making Memories Daily

Imagine a memory care home that never mentions words like “confusion, memory loss, or dementia” when you are talking with them. These words often come up in conversation with teams that care for those living with dementia. Introducing, Chateau Gardens

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The Argument for Well-Being Through Culture Change

At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their

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The Eden Alternative Hits the Pioneer Network Conference

The Eden Alternative joined over a 1,000 culture change enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend to kick off the Pioneer Network’s 12th National Conference, Building a Bridge to a New Culture in Aging.  On Sunday, the 5th of August, our

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The Hillside Piano Player

Sandra Wood, the activity coordinator for Hillside Residential Care Home in Swansea, England attended the Eden Associate course taught by our Regional Coordinators for UK and Ireland, June Burgess and Paul Bailey. According to Sandra, this is what happened when

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Real Jobs – Real Descriptions

Who benefits from job descriptions and evaluations?  Is it the Risk Managers, the Human Resource team, the lawyers, Administrators, Nurses’ Aides, Nurses, or housekeeping? Why are they created and evaluated? Ask any number of people that work and live in

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