The Eden Alternative™
The Eden Alternative™ model provides a set of guiding principles to create a care environment that is focused on removing loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
Combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom can help to reduce most of the suffering experienced by residents (referred to as elders) in aged care.
There is one problem statement – Principle One. The other Nine Principles identify the challenges and the solutions to providing a person-centred care environment for all residents.
The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our elders.
A fulfilling life involves creating a human habitat with people of all ages and abilities (including children), plants and animals.
The antidote to loneliness is companionship.
The antidote to helplessness is the opportunity to give care as well as receive care.
The antidote to boredom is variety and spontaneity.
All activity must be meaningful to the person.
Medical treatment is not the only way.
People need to be able to make decisions for themselves.
Culture change is a never ending journey.
Wise leadership from all of us is essential.
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Domains of Wellbeing™
The Domains of Wellbeing™ seeks to identify all the areas of a person’s life that are necessary for wellbeing.
Being well known, having personhood*, individuality, respect, wholeness, and having a history.
*Personhood is a standing or status that is bestowed upon one human being, by others, in the context of relationship and social being. It implies recognition, respect and trust.
A state of being connected; alive; belonging; engaged; involved; not detached; connected to the past, present and future; connected to personal possessions, to place and to nature.
Feeling safe physically and emotionally. Freedom from doubt, anxiety or fear; feeling certain, assured; having privacy, dignity and respect.
The ability and freedom to make our own decisions. Liberty, self-governance, self-determination. The right not to be coerced or constrained. The right to take risks.
Significance, heart, hope, import, value, purpose, reflection, sacred. A reason to get up in the morning. Each day brings a sense of purpose.
Development and enrichment, always expanding and evolving.
Happiness, pleasure, delight, contentment, enjoyment. If all other domains are met, it is more likely this domain will follow.
Learn more about the 7 Domains with Dr Al Power in the video below: