The whole thing started with a battered cardboard box. It was the mid 1990’s and my wife, Jude Meyers Thomas, and I had stumbled on to something that seemed very much like magic.
My sister Hannah O’Hara Thomas passed away today. She lived 17-and-a-half years longer than anyone predicted. While it is so painful, tragic, and downright unfair that she left us after only 18 years, I believe that in that time she lived more fully and gave more than most people could in a 100 years.
For all of her 18 years, Hannah O’Hara Thomas has mentored us all in the truth that each of us has a special gift to offer the world, no matter who we are or what life sends our way. More at www.edenalt.org.
The second half of my working life stretches out in front of me and I no longer feel the need to censor my words and my deeds. I am a nursing home abolitionist and, going forward, I intend to act like one.
As we prepare for the largest segment of our labor force to enter into retirement, concerns regarding social security grow and a struggling economy is real for many of us regardless of age.
Join us April 30 to May 2 for exclusive livestream video coverage of the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference in Nashville. Click here to visit the newly redesigned EdenAlt.org website for a detailed schedule of events.
The Eden Alternative and LindenGrove are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on Dr. G. Allen Power’s award winning book.
As Westerners, we’re not conditioned to be deep listeners. It takes commitment to lead by example to shift our cultural tendency to speak first and listen later.
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 and the Enrichment Team worked together to create this amazing interactive bulletin board. The idea […]
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.
Leaders who just pay lip service to creating a participatory ethos find out very quickly that they are building their culture change journey on quick sand.
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 we are already implementing. I have been to meetings and professional events where lists of […]
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, Division of Health Care Facilities has the potential to make an important impact 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, state surveyors and managers, State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and members of the Tennessee Advancing Excellence […]
One of the things that keeps me working in the aging services field is the camaraderie of my colleagues. They demonstrate a tremendous commitment to and appreciation for Elders and their care partners, an awareness of the Elders’ stories as sacred treasures to be held by us with care, and an intuition that the health […]
I’m back on the blog after a 2-month hiatus. Things got a little crazy there, but I’ve finally had a chance to catch my breath. Since my last post, I’ve had a wonderful trip to Europe, where I facilitated my … Continue reading →
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 stories. Dr. Thomas and his wife, Jude, joined the conference along with 170 other individuals. […]
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 need to be busted and the formation of a more focused Educator team. The Eden […]
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 session where we talked to more than 100 people about our new Neighborhood Guide Curriculum […]
Green House model creator, Dr. Bill Thomas,”an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare”, will be honored by The Long Term Care Coalition in a fundraiser to benefit the coalition. The theme of this year’s fundraiser, “improving the lives of … Continue reading →