Posts Tagged "long-term care"

Person-Directed Mouth Care – A QAPI Strategy

Person-Directed Mouth Care – A QAPI Strategy

As conversations about QAPI heat up, it becomes exceedingly clear that person-directed practices are a powerful complement to performance improvement.  Person-directed care actually strengthens efforts to improve clinical practice, aligning further with QAPI guidelines.  Take mouth care, for example.  When

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

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

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Welcome Aboard Llanfair House

Llanfair House in Wayne, NJ joined the Eden Registry on March 14, 2014. They are home to about 165 Elders. They are divided into three living areas. The building is designed so that each living area has its own patio

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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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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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Arkansas Culture Change Blog Reminds Us That Perspective is Everything

The culture change movement is doing incredible things in elder care and telling our stories, thanks to the power of blogs and social media, and believe it or not, The Eden Alternative is not the only one out there writing

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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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One Of The Plagues Makes The News

One of the Plagues in the News A recent McKnight’s article discusses the issues around learned helplessness and links to depression in Elders. The Eden Alternative identified this connection early on, designating helplessness as one of the three plagues. However,

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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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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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Welcome to the Tribe

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Chipley, FL joined The Eden Registry on May 13, 2013. Located in a small rural town in the Florida panhandle, they are home to approximately 155 Elders.  Person-directed care coupled with meaningful relationships is the

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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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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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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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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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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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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative®

Goal #2: Increase Person-Centered Care Planning and Decision-Making Description & rationale: Person-centered care means that each resident of a nursing home has a choice about his or her daily routine, activities and healthcare. Staff places value on listening, learning, and

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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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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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Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing Perspectives and Changing Lives in Tennessee

The Eden Alternative is continuing its collaboration with the Tennessee Advancing Excellence Coalition, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Health Care Facilities, and CMS by offering another three-day dementia training event in Knoxville, Tennessee, this week from 1/15-1/17. This

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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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Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being Featured at GSA Conference

The Eden Alternative will participate in a poster session featuring the development of the Well-Being Assessment Tools at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA. Frances Wilby, LCSW, PhD, a member of the team that

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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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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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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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Wellspring Program Becomes Part of The Eden Alternative

Two culture change leaders, The Eden Alternative and the Lifespan-Network’s Wellspring Program, are now one. The official announcement of The Eden Alternative’s acquisition of the Wellspring Program was made last week at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference. Charlotte Eliopolous, Executive Director of the Wellspring Program, joined Dr. Bill Thomas, co-founder of The Eden Alternative, and me to make the exciting announcement at the opening session of our International Conference in front of more than 350 people from seven different countries.

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 5

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 4

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 3

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Institution vs. Community

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 2

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 1

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Celebrating the Journey During National Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week is a time to spotlight care partners (Elders, employees and family members) connected with long-term living environments across the country. The brave pioneers who have transformed the traditional into the extraordinary through a commitment to person-directed

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Research and Design Posters featured at the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference

The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference is featuring the first-ever Research, Design, and Innovation Showcase on May 31 and June 1. The poster presentation style event will feature the physical transformation and research endeavors of individuals and organizations on the

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Culture Change Advocates as "Wayfinders"

Life coach Martha Beck’s new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.”  Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture change advocates to me.  Beck describes Wayfinders

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Culture Change is a Buzz in Texas

On March 12, 2012, Dr. Bill Thomas and 186 culture change advocates gathered at the The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas to share in a movement to transform the culture of care regardless of where people live. The day was filled

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AHCA Members and The Eden Alternative Help Meet Quality Goals

The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium was a powerful reminder that The Eden Alternative has resources to help American Health Care Association members meet their quality goals in long term care. “Some is not a number and soon is not

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Bowman and Gifford Teaming Up at Eden Alternative Conference

Carmen Bowman and Dr. David Gifford, two of the most influential people in the world of long-term care culture change, are teaming up to present at the upcoming 6th Eden Alternative International Conference May 30-June 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Next Generation of Long-Term Care: Personable and Person-Focused

Are we finally getting more comfortable going outside the box to deliver dignified care? Anne-Marie Botek at AgingCare.com recently explored concepts like dementia towns, Green Houses, Villages, and The Eden Alternative. She made the point that  putting people first sometimes means doing some unconventional

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