In a culture that typically views ageing as a period of decline, the Eden Alternative philosophy asserts that no matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow.
Millennium care staff attended the three day Eden training programme to improve the well-being of residents and their care partners by transforming the communities in which they live and work across Millennium care homes.
The mission for Millennium care is to eliminate loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
The Eden Alternative goes beyond a person-centred approach by incorporating 10 principles: reducing suffering;
promoting relationships with children and animals;companionship; opportunity to give as well as receive
care; variety and spontaneity.
During the three days the staff from Millennium homes across Lancashire took part in engaging activities and discussions on how they plan to use the Eden Alternative going forward in their homes.
Katie Sailisbury – Senior HR Generalist for Millennium Care say’s
“I love how Eden really pushes the boundaries of traditional Management styles and people management within the Care Sector. As a HR professional, I am always looking at ways to innovate the typical people managements styles to incorporate the wellbeing of our employees.
If our employees are not content or don’t find fulfilment and enjoyment in their work, this will negatively impact the care they provide our residents.
Eden helped me understand the importance of ensuring we empower our staff, see them as customers of our service and ensure we provide Leadership and not just Management; and I am extremely excited to see how this concept of thinking will shape my role going forward.”
Neda Ethemam – Group Resident Well-being Lead say’s
“Undertaking the three-day Eden Alternative Training has been hugely beneficial in broadening our awareness of the three plagues of Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom as potential detriments to well-being and gave a fresh perspective on approaches to mitigating these.
this new knowledge will form part of the Resident Well-being Strategy across the group which promotes the voice of our residents in their care partnerships.”
Millennium care homes across Lancashire now plan to put their new training in to practise starting with vision boards for each home as well as new policy’s across the board such as ‘Down Tools time’ where all homes stop work at 11am for 20 minutes every day to spend quality time with residents promoting loving companionship’s across all homes.
For more information on Millennium care homes visit www.millennium-care.co.uk
For more information on the Eden Alternative visit https://www.edenalt.org/about-the-eden-alternative/