Growing older can be different
The Eden Alternative believes that ageing
should be a continued stage of development
and growth, rather than a period of decline.
When you enter a home run on The Eden Alternative principals, you will feel that something is
different – although you might not be able to describe it. What you are feeling is simply love. Love matters in homes
implementing the Eden Alternative, and flourishes because
of the deep relationships we nurture.
A life worth living
What you will particularly notice is that people are
engaged in life. There is a light in their eyes that shows that
they are experiencing a life worth living in our home.
You will also experience the power of care partnership. We
promote a culture of meaningful care that does not see
the needs of caregivers as separate from the needs of care
receivers, but instead upholds the well-being of the entire
care relationship. We believe that opportunities to give, as
well as receive, are alive in every moment.
We strongly believe that the most effective care happens
when there is a partnership or friendship between the
giver and receiver. We ensure that the same care partners
are spending their days with the same Elders. Just as in a
family, close relationships are grown by having the Elders
and care partners make daily decisions together such as
the daily routine, what to eat, what to spend their time
doing, when to celebrate and what to improve.
Our priority is creating well-being for all care partners on
the team, by strengthening their sense of identity and
autonomy, ensuring security, enhancing connectedness
(with others, the community and their surroundings),
driving meaning deeper into daily life experiences,
promoting ongoing growth by building on strengths, and
taking time to experience moments of joy as they come.
The Human Habitat
In these homes, you might see a few things that are different
and unexpected. These are elements of the Human
Habitat which include live, green plants, gardens, cats,
dogs, birds or fish.