The 2014 Eden International Conference is taking place in Nashville from Wednesday through May 2. The theme of "Strike a Chord, Resonate Well-being" will highlight the power of the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being™. Featured speakers will include Tom Gill, who has found fame as a teaching "rhythm facilitator"; noted caregiver Sarah Rowan; New York Times bestseller co-author John King ("Tribal Leadership" and "The Coaching Revolution"); and Eden Alternative co-founder Bill Thomas, M.D.
A student preparing her master's thesis in healthcare management recently asked me, "Why aren't more organizations doing The Eden Alternative or something like it?" From the tone of her voice, it was obvious that she was struggling to find an answer. Well, I've thought about this question a lot, so I had my answer ready.
In my last post, I discussed culture change and its positive impact on the mental health of the residents, particularly at Eden Alternative facilities. I recently also had the opportunity to tour a Green House, which I'd heard about but had never seen. I found this model turned everything I'd known about nursing homes upside down.
Culture change, the Eden Alternative, whatever you call it, things are moving in that direction. In my experience, the nursing home I worked in that was most attentive to the psychosocial needs of the residents was the one that was in the process of becoming an Eden Alternative home
Consistently assigning nursing home aides to particular residents could cause the aides to feel isolated and overburdened, suggests a study forthcoming in the Western Journal of Nursing Research. However, a prominent voice in the nursing home culture change movement says the study simply shows that providers must adhere to best practices to see the benefits of consistent assignment.
I used to live in a fabulous old fourth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. When I moved out of Manhattan to a borough of New York City for an elevator building with a laundry room in the basement, I made a conscious choice to pick a place I could live for the rest of my life if I had to. "That ramp could come in handy if I need a wheelchair, I reasoned. And if worse comes to worse, I'll move into a nursing home and blog from there."
Although he is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of aging, at least one of his friends says Judah Ronch is an under-recognized architect of nursing homes' culture change movement.
Things were so much less complicated when I started into the nursing home business in 1973. My father, looking for a business venture, built a 19-bed nursing home on the family farm. My older brother was the administrator and night shift aide. My mother was the cook, and my father was the maintenance man. I was the director of nursing and day shift aide.
I almost feel like I'll need to find a confessional booth after completing this blog post. I come not to bury the Green House project but to praise it. This is tough to do.
Around 4 a.m. a few nights ago, I woke up feeling miserable. As I curled up back in bed after taking some meds, one of my cats hopped up next to me, looked at me with concern and laid a paw atop my arm.
Loneliness, along with helplessness and boredom, are singled out in the Eden Alternative philosophy as the "three plagues" most detrimental to the health and well-being of elders in long-term care.
The Eden Alternative, a culture-change long-term care program, has announced the acquisition of Lifespan Network's Wellspring Program.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' 2011 annual meeting and exhibition will take place Wednesday through next Friday at the Phoenix Convention Center. Kicking off the event will be a keynote presentation by Bill Thomas, M.D., founder of the Eden Alternative® and the Green House Project®. On Friday, renowned researcher Howard Friedman, Ph.D., will present "Findings from the Longevity Project: Discoveries for Health and Long Life from an Eight-Decade Study." Numerous educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities also will take place, as top senior care medication professionals gather to learn from one another.
WellAWARE Systems recently announced a partnership with The Eden Alternative. The Eden Alternative will be incorporating WellAWARE's technology into its educational programs. The result will be insightful wellness data, such as sleep quality, bathroom visits, and activity levels, according to both organizations. "Partnering with a forward-thinking organization like The Eden Alternative strengthens our movement to improve the safety and wellness of elders," said Jeff Noce, CEO of WellAWARE Systems.