Implementation of The Eden Alternative impacts the organizational structure, physical environment, and relational interactions of residential care. When identifying goals for personal and organizational growth, organizations must consider how to best live out each of the Eden Alternative Ten Principles for the benefit of the Elders and their care partners, as well as the community as a whole.
This philosophy guides us in everything we do. And because it does, we do things a little differently. Well-Being The Eden Alternative identifies seven primary domains of well-being. Together, they serve as a simple framework for asking thoughtful questions that help identify the unmet needs of those we care for: The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with people of all ages and abilities, as well as plants and animals. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship. An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care.
This is the antidote to helplessness. An Elder-centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place.
This is the antidote to boredom. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
An Elder-centered community honors its Elders by de-emphasizing top-down, bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.About us. The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit (c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may urbanagricultureinitiative.comd: Thomas founded the Eden Alternative non-profit organization in , which has grown to include affiliates in Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada and .
Through education, consultation, and outreach The Eden Alternative® promotes quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live.
The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit (c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live. The latest Tweets from The Eden Alternative (@edenalt). We are a not for profit organization dedicated to transforming care environments into habitats for human beings that promote quality of life for all.
Eden Alternative nursing homes offer elders a warm, homey environment that minimizes the sterile, institutional atmosphere of most traditional nursing homes.