It seems that as a society we keep throwing out the traditional baby with the bathwater every time a new cultural development occurs, just because it’s new. Here are a few examples of analog values we should retain that relate directly to aging.
A couple of weeks ago I published an article titled “Bill Thomas Says I Am an Abolitionist”.
I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
In 2001, the Institute on Medicine released a seminal report titled “Crossing the Quality Chasm” that described healthcare in America as impersonal and fragmented.
Nearly every home health care agency or senior care facility will tell you that they offer person-centered care. But what does that mean?
Take a look at the pictures of the facility that let 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless die. The slang term for a place like this is a “Brass and Glass Palace.”
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the “lack of empirical evidence” label that hounds culture change enthusiasts.
A few news reports on psychotropic drugs have come across my desk recently and, although completely unrelated, they share a common thread. Each case documents either widespread overuse or gross abuse of a powerful drug. And in each case, the abuse or overuse could have been reduced through a more person-centered approach.
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 […]
On Friday September 28th, over 200 culture change advocates convened in San Marcos, Texas, for the 2nd annual Texas Culture Change Coalition Symposium. It is was a day full of presentations and demonstrations from various culture change experts, including former Deputy Division Director for the Nursing Homes Division at CMS, Karen Schoeneman, who discussed transforming […]
The latest partnership endeavor by the Picker Institute and Planetree is the formation of the Harvey Picker Center of Innovation and Applied Research and Program in Long-Term Care.
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 possibilities we have yet to reach in honoring Elderhood and enriching our care partnerships. Sanctuary […]
At each Eden Alternative International Conference, we get a chance to take a fresh look at culture change as a community issue. Through Building Bridges, Elders and youth, ages 11 to 15, come together to learn more about each other and the value of reframing aging and attitudes about care.
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 […]
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 […]
Providence Horizon House, Anchorage, Alaska Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska, renewed their Eden Registry status on April 20, 2011. This home provides assistance to elders living in apartments or one of two cottages for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders. Providence Horizon House is home to 85 people. The elders are very involved […]
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 […]
From the Picker Report on Aging in America:Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour visits 30 cities in 2016 to introduce audiences to a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Visit DrBillThomas.org to learn more Last month The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care released a new guide book […]
I get a nice collection of e-mail everyday and it helps me keep up on what’s going on in the “Gerosphere.” This morning I took note of this news from Texas. There will be a… Pre-Conference Intensive Seminar: “Put the ‘Home’ Back in Nursing Home” Sunday, May 22 – 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Come discover […]
Physician blogger Richard Young wrote this provocative guest-post at the popular medical blog KevinMD.com regarding patient-centered care reforms in primary care billing. During a recent conference on primary care research, Young challenged the current evaluation and management (E/M) billing system … Continue reading →