Co-founder of The Eden Alternative, Dr. Bill Thomas, recently paid us a visit to talk about the Eden philosphy and to mingle with Elders, families and staff in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The Eden Alternative is the philosophy behind all of what we do for our community of Elders, their families and staff across our MiCare residential homes and home care.
The Eden Alternative focuses on making the lives of Elders just like living out of home, and being in control of their lives and living spaces between the Elders and those who care for them. Elders are able to make their own decisions.
The Eden values also underpin the importance of creating a lively and vibrant community where children, pets and plants are a part of daily life for Elders in their home.
MiCare has been implementing the Eden philosophy for 20 years now. Our Executive Director, Petra Neeleman, first heard Dr. Bill speak in Hawaii in 1999. Petra then went on to become Eden in Oz’s first chairperson between 2000-2006.
Dr. Thomas delivered a highly invigorating speech about his Eden vision, in particular the importance of building an intergenerational community in which the young and Elderly have genuine connections that continue to flourish over time - connections that benefit all people in supportive and welcoming community.
He also described the future of aged care and how this ties in with The Eden Alternative. Our staff and Elders then participated in an activity in which staff and Elders conversed and learned something new from one another. It was a simple activity to show how easy it is to break down the barriers between people of different ages!
After talking circles Elders, families and staff alike were able to ask questions and have one-on-one time with Dr. Thomas.
Thank you to all our staff for making this event a success. We also thank Dr. Bill Thomas for travelling to Australia to talk and connect with MiCare Elders, their families and staff.
We would also like to thank Chris McMahon who filled in as a temporary Facility Manager at Avondrust Lodge. Chris “lit a bonfire” big enough to rekindle people’s love of the Eden philosophy among Elders, their families and our staff at Avondrust Lodge during her time at the home.
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