|Signature HealthCARE of Trimble County is celebrating a landmark step in the international culture change organization for health care, the Eden Alternative Registry. The achievement reflects the center’s commitment to the person-directed care philosophy and empowering both elders and stakeholders.
“With person-directed care and Eden principles, we’re turning health care upside down,” Kelsie Boyd, Administrator at Signature HealthCARE of Trimble County, said. “This achievement is only reaching with our entire community from our caregivers to volunteers and families.”
The milestone requires the health care center to achieve specific cultural changes. Hallways in the center are neighborhoods with unique names, Willow Creek for example. Mayors of each neighborhood, who are also residents, are empowered to make their voices heard, and schedules are transformed from rigid, traditional health care concrete schedules to times that are what each elder desires.
“We believe there’s more life to live at a nursing home,” Angie McAllister, Signature’s Director of Cultural Transformation, said. “Living each day with purpose and joy is what we’re all about.”
Families of elders get involved in the Eden process, too. Families are involved in daily decision-making, the community’s daily rhythm, and celebrations. Signature HealthCARE marked its 50th location named to the Eden Alternative Registry and won the international organization’s Eden Champion Award in 2018.
The Eden Alternative Registry, an international non-profit, works to transform the well-being and daily life of elders who call nursing homes their home with the person-directed care philosophy. Communities on the Eden Alternative Registry experience less staff turnover, according to data from a survey of 2011-2016 members of the registry.