A New Year, A New Way to Think About Senior Care

As the only registered Eden Alternative facility in Cedar Rapids, we are often asked to define our unique philosophy of care. You can see it reflected in the way we treat our Elders and in everything we do. It motivates us to provide better care and become better care partners. But what exactly is the Eden Alternative Philosophy? Understanding the Eden Alternative Philosophy Simply put, the Eden Philosophy is an alternative approach to senior care. Traditionally, long-term care facilities are stigmatized as places of frailty and waiting. The Eden Alternative Philosophy seeks to turn this idea on its head and create a new kind of care environment. Through this approach, care facilities become human habitats that treat more than just physical ailments—they address the human need for emotional and spiritual fulfilment. Aging is often seen as a period of decline, but we view it as another step in the continuous journey to grow as a person. In caring for our Elders, we learn from them. We draw inspiration from them. And in doing so, we grow ourselves. This allows the care giver becomes the care partner, and our Elders play a greater role in their own wellness, preserving their independence, their dignity, and their sense of self-worth. The Eden Alternative Philosophy at Work At its core, the Eden Alternative Philosophy of care seeks to eliminate the three plagues that tend to affect long-term care centers: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Loneliness To combat loneliness, we encourage social interaction by offering a variety of group activities that our Elders can choose from. Our community ties run deep—guests from schools, churches, and other organizations drop by frequently to perform, volunteer or just visit with the folks at West [...]

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