We are thrilled to announce the addition of Kimberly Wood to the Eden Alternative Home Office Team. Kimberly will work closely with our Education Coordinator, Meredith Martin, as Education Support. Like Meredith, she makes Murfreesboro, Tennessee her home, alongside her
Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) in Dawson, Minnesota, became our latest Eden Registry Member on February 12, 2019. This stellar organization has services of all types to offer people, as their wants, needs, and desires change. Their new care center
Principle Nine of The Eden Alternative teaches us that we never stop growing and becoming. I reach out to you today to share how one member of the Eden Alternative Home Office Team will continue to grow. As you’ll read
Woods Health Services, in La Verne, California joined the Eden Registry on August 13, 2018. Their inspiration to join the Registry grew out of their participation in a pair of California-based, grant projects featuring Eden Alternative education and consultation. For
Parker at Monroe in Monroe, NJ, joined the Eden Registry on December 29, 2017. Home to 96 Elders, Parker at Monroe provides round-the clock, person-directed care services, including memory care for individuals living with all stages of dementia, who may
I am a planner by nature and someone who really needs to think through big decisions. On more than one occasion in recent years, I have relied on the framework of The Eden Alternative’s seven Domains of Well-Being℠ to guide
Life coach Martha Beck’s book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.” (No, Martha is not my kin, by the way.) Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture
St. Francis Assisted Living in Forest City , AR, joined the Eden Registry on August 18, 2016. A small home, in a small town filled with people that have big hearts. This is what you can expect to experience at
A heart-warming story from Mercy Retirement & Care Center, Oakland, CA Emily Sanderson, a Certified Eden Associate and music therapist, at Mercy Retirement & Care Center had an idea. She knew many of the Elders had taught children or cared
What I love most about the concept of care partnership is the opportunity to discover new teachers and even be surprised by who they might be. The 18-year anniversary of my father’s passing has just recently come and gone, and
Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, and at-bats. He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made
Jerry Seinfeld, a man that most of us associate with humor, was recently quoted as saying “Movement is life”. That gave me pause because it might imply that those who are largely stationary; those whose movements have become smaller and
Living in this community encourages the cultivation of long lasting relationships by providing meaningful and engaging activities each day. Meal time is central to the rhythm of daily life here where Elders enjoy made to order breakfasts and delicious home cooked meals.
What if we were like trees in just one way, what if we showed our growth on the outside? What if with each passing year we grew taller and thicker? What if the oldest and wisest among us were the biggest and most majestic?
Roselinde Torres discusses how the old models of growing leaders are outdated. Great leadership is essential to thriving in the 21st century, which is depressing when you consider her argument that we are by and large doing it wrong.
Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant, IA has been holding community meetings with all care partners (Elders, employees, and family members) for six years now. For them, it has remained a vibrant and important gathering time for the community which helps them to grow closer and improve life throughout the home.
I graduated from RN school forty-seven years ago next month. Unfortunately, at the age of twenty-four when I obtained my first “management” job, I was not prepared to lead people. I spent a small fortune on leadership books, and I
You might think that the Eden Alternative Home Office Team might not have much new to learn when it comes to understanding and living what Elderhood has to offer. After all, we are immersed in the concept all day, every
A journey is an adventure of discovery. Finding opportunities to reflect and focus on the simple pleasures helps us understand why we have committed ourselves to the path we have chosen. By pausing briefly we can ensure ourselves we are
The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey. We opened the show at the Merkin Concert Hall in New
We are very excited to announce that Sherbrooke Community Centre has been on the the Eden Alternative journey for 15 years; and what a wonderful 15 years it has been. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so many
The April issue of Provider features an article that challenges Americans “to grow up – or just grow old.” This caught my eye, as we talk a lot about perspectives on aging at The Eden Alternative. The issue is particularly
This copy was originally posted as a Guest Column on McKnight’s Long Term Care News A student preparing her master’s thesis in healthcare management recently asked me, “Why aren’t more organizations doing The Eden Alternative or something like it?” From
You may think or hope I’m joking, but nope we’re talking about tree rings today. So, before you click away I encourage you to read just a few paragraphs more. For those of you who may not know these rings are how we measure a trees age.
Thanks to Sally Hopkins, Eden Regional Co-ordinator, Australia and New Zealand Just over 12 years ago, six enthusiastic and farseeing individuals from Australia heard Dr Bill Thomas speak about an alternative model of care for people living in residential environments – The
Several weeks back I posted a blog featuring an interview with John King, author of the best-selling book Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization and a keynote speaker at the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. During
Typically I close each year reflecting on the things that transpired over the course of the year. This year, I want to do something a little different. I want to give you a challenge for the coming year. This morning
This story comes to us from our Registry Member, Windsor Elms. Allanna Jost, our Occupational Therapist coordinated an “Amazing Wheelchair Race” as part of Occupational Therapy month. The goal of the race was to raise awareness about occupational therapy while
“Nursing Home Denies Elder the Right to Stand Up: Administrator cites safety concerns” Ok, I just made that up. Let’s all be honest though –this headline could describe what goes on in many nursing homes. Have you seen the recent
The Ohio Veterans Homes have embarked on a journey of culture change. They are the largest nursing home in the state, but more importantly, they care exclusively for retired women and men who have served their country. The Eden Alternative
Recently, I spoke with 2 older adults who were active in the planning the design for a new urban Green House Home. One expressed concern that there needed to be an extra elevator for transportation of utility carts and people
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,