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Eden Principles

By combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom we reduce most of the suffering experienced by our elders or residents in Aged Care, through the Eden Alternative®.

There is one problem statement - Principle One - which is all about the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.  The other Nine Principles identify the challenges and the solutions to providing a person-centred care environment for all residents.

The 10 Principles are:

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
  2. An Elder-centred community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with people of all abilities, plants and animals. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
  3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
  4. An Elder-centred community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. An Elder-centred community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.
  6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
  7. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
  8. An Elder-centred community honors its Elders by de-emphasizing top down bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
  9. Creating an Elder-centred community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
  10. Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.

Definition of Elder: Born earlier: older person: elders are revered, honoured and cherished for their wisdom.

Through the Eden Alternative®, individuals and organisations can make a difference in the way we give and receive care to residents in Aged Care and Community Care environments. 

Create a life worth living and join the Eden Alternative® journey.

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