Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Awards – Eden Care Communities 2015

In a year when seniors care has made headlines in Saskatchewan for all the wrong reasons, one Regina organization has nabbed an award for doing it just right. Eden Care Communities took home a Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award for its resident-centred approach to seniors care and housing.

Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Awards – Eden Care Communities 2015

(LeaderPost article, March 30, 2015)

(photo credits to Andrew Huculak)

In a year when seniors care has made headlines in Saskatchewan for all the wrong reasons, one Regina organization has nabbed an award for doing it just right.

Eden Care Communities took home a Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award on Saturday night for its resident-centred approach to seniors care and housing.

“For a long-term special care home it’s very much that: It’s a home; it’s not an institution,” said CEO Alan Stephen.

Eden Care was recognized for molding its offerings to residents’ needs, and providing activities to combat what Stephen calls “the plagues of boredom, loneliness and helplessness.”

ECC-SHEA-2015-Attended

From left to right: John Allonby (Board Member), Lenore Bewcyk (Director of Food Services), Leah Clement (Executive Director of Elder Care), Alan Stephen(Chief Executive Officer), Maxine Holm (Board Chair), Sherry Chen (Executive Director of Corporate Services), and Wilson Carcamo (Executive Director of Facility Operations)​.

“That’s the mentality that goes right through the entire organization: It’s their home. They very much have a large say in the care they receive, as do their families,” said Stephen.

Eden Care also avoids the aspects often associated with institutions, he said, like overhead paging and rushed, cafeteria-style dining.

“The whole nature is to make their lives with us lives of respect and dignity and spontaneity,” said Stephen.

ECC’s award for excellence being announced in the Saskatchewan Legislature, March 30th, 2015.


ECC’s CEO, Alan Stephen, being introduced to the House in the Legislature, March 31, 2015.

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The awards are now in their 13th year.

“With in the media, health care lots of times gets a bad rap,” said award selection committee chair Laura Soparlo.

“There’s so many unsung heroes out there, everyday people doing wonderful things and making a difference in patients’ lives all the time, so our intent was to recognize individuals in health care that had demonstrated excellence over and over again.”


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