DATE: 20 December 2017
CONTACT: Mr. Alan Stephen, CEO Eden Care Communities Inc.
PHONE/EMAIL: 1.306.206.0260 ext. 1101 or email@example.com
(Regina Saskatchewan, Canada) Eden Care Communities’ Regina Lutheran Home continues to deepen its commitment to improving quality of care and quality of life for the people who live and work there by completing the third Milestone of The Path to MasteryTM: The Art of Creating a Caring Community. This powerful tool developed by The Eden Alternative® guides organizations through the process of transforming their culture by applying person-directed care practices. Through this approach, decisions and actions around care honor the voices and choices of care recipients and those working most closely with them.
The Eden Alternative® is a national leader in the “culture change” movement across all care settings.”Culture change” is the common name for a global initiative focused on transforming care, as we know it, for Elders and individuals living with differing abilities. It advocates for a shift from institutional models of care to person-directed values and practices that put the person first. “This is an incredible achievement something we as a team and family have been working towards for over 10 years, something at one point I thought to be impossible. Now to be one of the few homes in Canada that can definitively say decision making is placed as close to the hands of Elders as possible offering person centered, person directed living feels amazing” said Mr. Ryan Bahan, Manager of Intergenerational Care for Eden Care Communities.
Through the Path to Mastery, care organizations can share and benefit from the experience of their peers who have successfully implemented person-directed approach to care. Organizations mastering Milestone 3 are strongly committed to moving decisions into the hands of Elders care partners, or those closest to them, through the development of empowered teams. Milestone 3 drives the creation of a rhythm of daily life in the organization that fits the unique needs of the individuals who live and work there. Through empowerment, all involved develop a sense of ownership and pride in their shared commitment to improving quality of life.
Leah Clement, Executive Director Health Services for Eden Care Communities says “working through all the Milestones in the Path to Mastery re-affirms our commitment to the ten Principles that guide our work in creating the Human Habitat. Eden Care Communities and Regina Lutheran Home is one of a handful of organizations in Canada who have achieved this Milestone and it is a huge accomplishment. We are honored, humbled and extremely proud of our Elders, Care Partners and Leaders.”
The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit organization that provides education and consultation for organizations across the entire continuum of care. As a person-
directed care philosophy, it is dedicated to creating care environments that promote quality of life for Elders and those who support them as care partners. Chris Perna, CEO of The Eden Alternative®, notes, “Registry Members mastering Milestone 3 report higher employee retention and satisfaction, more referrals, volunteer interest, and partnership inquiries from schools and community organizations. They are more flexible and adaptable to the preferences of the Elders they serve as well as the changing healthcare system. Self- directed work teams (empowered teams) are able to make decisions that adjust the daily rhythm of life based on the needs of the Elders on any given day. Elders really are the decision-makers in their own lives again.”
“Milestone 3 success is part of our journey, it is not our destination”, shares Mr. Alan Stephen, the CEO of Eden Care Communities, “The Path to Mastery is an instrumental part in our culture to empower the Elders (seniors, residents and tenants) to be the decision- makers in their lives.”
Eden Care Communities is Regina’s leading charitable integrated, inclusive and intergenerational housing and healthcare organization operating world-class seniors, adult and child care homes and programs. Eden Care Communities owns and operates the Regina Lutheran Home, Broadway Terrace, Milton Heights, Saplings Early Learning Child Care Center, Eden Care at Home, The Community Day and Wellness Center, Eden Independent Living Suites and the Memory Lane Supportive Assisted Living Suites.