Improving the lives of older people
and their carers by transforming the
communities in which they live and work"

Vision, Mission, Principles

Eden-SA-Poster2The Eden Alternative’s principle-based philosophy empowers care partners to transform institutional approaches to care into the creation of a community where life is worth living. Led by our internationally-recognised founder, Dr William Thomas, we apply our 20 years of experience to guiding organisations through the journey of culture change.

Our Vision: To eliminate loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
Our Mission: To improve the well-being of Elders and their care partners by transforming the communities where they live and work.
Our Values / Principles:

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders. (The Problem)
  2. An Elder-centered community commits to creating a human habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.(The Solution)
  3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
  4. An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. An Elder-centered 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-centered 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-centered 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.
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