After we settled on the idea that it was a possibility to paint art on the wall of our skilled nursing home, the Elders quickly settled on a panoramic subject.
It’s the time of year when traditionally I do quite a bit of thinking about the year that is about to come to an end, the year that lies ahead full of possibilities and endless dreams, and the many resolutions that I may or may not keep.
As I sat down to really reflect on the year with all its ups and downs, I realized this year I have had such a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn from some amazing people who influence long term care across the globe. However, I also realized I learned the most this year from the Elders who came in and out of my life over the past 12 months.
Some things I picked up this year from our Elders:
Yesterday saw the passing of legendary Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno just months after being fired in the wake of sexual assault charges against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno’s abrupt decline and death after leaving Penn State in disgrace have many asking whether the scandal hastened his death. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Michael Vitez posed the question to Dr. Bill Thomas:
We are pleased to announce that Rayne Stroebel has been designated International Regional Coordinator for South Africa. During 2011, he introduced South Africa to The Eden Alternative via a ‘road show’ across the country. With the help of June Burgess, International Regional Coordinator for the UK, he provided Certified Eden Associate Training across the country, [...]
Why would perfectly sane and incredibly busy Eden Alternative care partners agree to dance in a YouTube video viewed around the world? Eden Alternative Registered West Jordan Care Center in Utah is proud to submit a video in the national Medline Pink Glove Dance competition.
The Eden Alternative mission extends past the walls of the nursing home and can be embraced by home and community-based caregivers through the innovative “Eden at Home” initiative. Eden at Home captures the essence and successes of the Eden Alternative’s Ten Principles as they apply to improving quality of life for elders living at home and [...]
On Thursday, July 14th at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Care Connection will feature Laura Beck from the Eden Alternative Home Office for “Care Partnership: Breathing New Life into the Giving & Receiving of Care.” As a concept, “care partnership” promotes a culture of meaningful care that does not see the needs of caregivers as separate from [...]
LeadingAge Ohio and the Eden Alternative are proud to co-sponor a ground-breaking day-long workshop July 22 focused on the new “experiential” model of dementia care that provides a drug-free, person-centered approach to treating people living with dementia. Lead by Eden Mentor and geriatrician Dr. Allen Power, the workshop Dementia Beyond Drugs will help practitioners view [...]
As promised, we are initiating online networking groups for homes on the Eden Registry. This is a new benefit being offered for 2011. The meetings will be held via GoToWebinar so you can use voice-over-internet or dial in. The links below are for the initial networking meetings. The agenda for each meeting will include: (1) get to know [...]
There is a new book out called Creative Approaches in Dementia Care edited by Hilary Lee (President of Dementia Care Australia) and Trevor Adams (University of Surrey, U.K.), this book contains a dozen chapters describing the use of art, music, laughter, storytelling, end-of-life engagement and several other avenues to enhance the well-being of people living [...]
The parts of Japan impacted by the tsunami are still reeling from the devastation, including the destruction of more than half of the elder care facilities in the affected ares. In sympathy, elders from St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY made one-thousand origami cranes over one month, and sent them to the elders who are living [...]
CareAGE Hills in Cherokee, Iowa, has been on the Eden Alternative journey for 11 years and is excited to share their experience with other Eden homes by completing Milestone 1 of the Path to Mastery: The Art of Creating a Caring Community. The Cherokee Chronicle Times reported on CareAGE’s dedication to person-centered care: “Step by [...]
Eden Alternative Registered St. John’s Living Center in Jackson, Wyo., was honored this week at the Governor’s Summit on Workforce Solutions with the Innovation in the Workplace Award. St. John’s was selected by the Wyoming Workforce Development Council for practicing the Eden Alternative. The Wyoming Business Report writes: The organization was selected by the council [...]
Check out the newest blog to be created on the ChangingAging Blogstream – Siberian Cats in Eden by Andrea Sullivan. I’m sure this is going to be a huge hit with anyone who can’t resist pictures of cute felines. Why Siberian Cats in Eden? Andrea explains: Hello! My name is Andrea Sullivan and I breed Siberian cats. [...]
The Eden Alternative is proud to announce that Saint Paul Heath Center in Denver has joined the ranks of The Eden Alternative® Registry, marking its commitment to improving the quality of care and quality of life for its residents and staff. Saint Paul staff and administration recently completed the Eden Alternative’s professional development training in person-directed care. [...]
The conference calls covering Milestone 1 in the Path to Mastery are beginning to quicken pace as more and more Eden Alternative Registry homes complete this process. We continue to learn from the experiences of you, the experts, every day. The Path to Mastery is a powerful new tool developed by The Eden Alternative® to [...]
The Official Blog of IAHSA – The Global Ageing Network — is a fantastic blog for learning about global trends in aging and long-term care. They have a great post today about property developers in France failing to consider the desires of French elders when it comes to retirement living. Their mistake — borrowing too heavily from the “American model.” A simple but fundamental example of failing to put elders at the center of decision making