• Industry: Healthcare
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 5/21/2013

Transforming care environments 

The Eden Alternative1 was founded in 1994 in the US and now has about 300 registered homes in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Its mission is to create elderly care environments that enhance the lives of both care recipients and caregivers, shifting care out of institutions and tailoring services to the unique needs, preferences and desires of recipients.

This concept of person-centered care has been developed with certified trainers facilitating change by working closely with stakeholders that include non-profit, faith-based, or home health organizations, adult day services, hospices and independent living communities. One such partnership is with a non-profit foundation to promote wellbeing and a better quality of life for individuals with cognitive disabilities and the staff who support them.

Intergenerational relationships with younger members of the community are also encouraged – including volunteers as young as 11 – to help change attitudes on aging and establish a fresh pool of younger carers.

The Eden Alternative provides a wide range of training and teambuilding services, as well as caregiver certification and maintains a registry of trained, certified care providers that adhere to the organization’s standards and principles.

1How We Serve, Eden Alternative
Accessed 8 November 2012.


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