The Eden Alternative is a philosophy that seeks to change the culture of today’s old age homes, long term care facilities, and other residential care settings from sterile medical institutions to human habitats – environments where residents want to live and carers enjoy working.
Eden Alternative communities encourage the continuation of residents’ personal growth rather than their decline and value what’s important to the person – like individual routines, pets, plants and other unique aspects that makes life worth living.
Through education, consultation, and outreach, The Eden Alternative offers person-directed principles and practices that support organisations in addressing the unique needs of individuals, fight loneliness, helplessness and boredom and enable well-being, longer and healthier lives – reducing the need for medical interventions and drug therapies.
Improving the lives of older people and their carers by transforming the communities in which they live and work
Marshnee Naidoo, Divisional Manager - Admin/HR, The Association for the Aged (Tafta) "The vocation of working in the elder sector is a calling — a deep-seated, intrinsic need to want to be of service to others. Formal training and qualifications are the tools we learn and use to answer this calling. Nothing, however, quite prepares you for the day to day realities, challenges and spontaneous nature of this work. We respond and endeavour to make sense of the work, as well as account to our various regulators and supporters by implementing governance in the form of rules, structures, processes and…Read more