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Tools and resources

This page contains links and ideas of tools that homes working on implementing the Eden Alternative can use to support them in their journey. If you have tools you would like to share with the Eden Registry community, please send them to the Coordinator at

Topics on this page:

  • Eden Alternative Warmth Surveys
  • Well Being Measures
  • Eden Alternative Principles in Action Tool
  • Creating Home with the Eden Alternative
  • Creating a 30-second elevator speech about the Eden Alternative
  • Eden Alternative Introductory Presentations
  • Tools from Registry Members
  • Educational Articles from The Vine newsletter

Eden Alternative Warmth Surveys
The Eden Warmth Surveys measure the levels of optimism, trust and generosity within an organization that is going through change. With warm soil, people’s heart will be open so they can embrace the change process. It is recommended that homes conduct the Eden Warmth Surveys as they begin their journey and then regularly throughout the journey. Organisations on the Eden Registry should attempt to do all or a good cross-section of the employees, Elders and families annually just to make sure that perceptions about the amount of warmth in the organisation is accurate. Cold soil, no matter where it may be found, can become a barrier as new ideas are implemented. The surveys can be completed on paper forms and/or entered online for aggregated results. Online submission is free to Registry Members. Contact the Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get your home set-up for this service. Reports are then accessed electronically and available as soon as the last survey is entered. Below are the Eden Warmth Surveys:.
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey, Elders / Residents
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey, Employees
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey, Family

To assist in analysing the results of the Eden Alternative Warmth Surveys, we have created analysis reports to assist you. The following are reports that are tailored to organizations working on Milestone 1 in the Path to Mastery:

Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 1 – Elders (COMING SOON)
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 1 – Employees (COMING SOON)
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 1 – Family (COMING SOON)

The following are Eden Alternative Warmth Survey analysis reports tailored to organizations working on Milestone 2 in the Path to Mastery:

Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 2 – Elders (COMING SOON)
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 2 – Employees (COMING SOON)
Eden Alternative Warmth Survey Analysis, Milestone 2 – Family (COMING SOON)

Well-Being Measures
The ultimate goal of culture change is Well-Being for all – all care partners (employees, family members, volunteers, and the Elder herself), the organisation and ultimately the larger community. How can you take the concept of well-being and make it come alive for those who live and work in your community? The Eden Alternative has answered this need by identifying seven Domains of Well-Being: identity, growth, autonomy, security, connectedness, meaning and joy.
Assessment Tools have been created to measure well-being for individuals, teams and groups. Once understood, the language of the seven domains can be woven into daily life. Well-being, as a frame of reference, requires a focus on strengths, possibilities, dreams and goals of each individual. Well-being presents the opportunity to define quality of life in terms of what each individual can do and what they have to offer their communities. Download the packet and Excel spreadsheet below to learn more about the Domains of Well-Being and how they can be measured. An online version of the Assessment Tools is available. Contact the Coordinator at if you are interested in using the online option or have any questions. The July 29, 2012 webinar recording is also available along with a handout of the slides.

Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being white paper
Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being packet
Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being evaluation tool

Eden Alternative Principles in Action Tool
The Eden Alternative Principles in Action Tool used to be called the Registered Home Assessment Tool. It has been renamed so that it can become a resource to all homes working on the Eden Alternative. The tool provides a method for Registry Members to assess how well they are doing on integrating the Ten Principles into the daily life of the home. The tool is sent out as a part of the re-registration packet, but could be put to use anytime during a home’s Eden journey.

Creating Home with the Eden Alternative
What does the transformation process from the institutional model of care to the Eden Alternative look like when filtered through the Ten Principles. We have created a document that demonstrates that process. It is called ” Creating Home with the Eden Alternative “. It will be included in the updated version of Haleigh’s Almanac and the Eden Associate training. Review the document and send us your thoughts of other ideas you would include based on your experiences in going through the transformation process.

Creating a 30-second elevator speech about the Eden Alternative
Another tool homes can use in their Eden journey is to work with everyone on creating a 30-second elevator speech that speaks to what the Eden Alternative is, why the organization is implementing the Philosophy and the difference it is making in the lives of others. Making it something you can say in a 30-second elevator ride helps people focus in on the words that are the most important and makes it easily memorizable. Here are some examples developed at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY:

  • St. John’s encourages me to develop relationships with elders, sit down and talk with them, hear what they are saying. We create an environment where listening and relationship building is central to meaningful living.
  • At St. John’s we provide the companionship and empowerment that are essential for elders to feel at home and make decisions about their daily lives.
  • Loneliness, helplessness and boredom are the results of our viewing our work as just another job, or allowing ourselves to become trapped in the institutional characteristics of rigidity, structure and schedule.

So what is your 30-second elevator speech about your Eden journey? Write it up and start practicing it today!

Eden Alternative Introductory Presentations
This is a scripted out one-hour presentation or four hour presentation on the Eden Alternative. Just insert stories about the Principles in action in your home and you are ready to go!

Tools from Registry Members: SA
Tools from Registry Members: USA

  • Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, Lafayette Hill, PA – Principle 8 exercise used in their 7 hour Eden education workshop for care partners
  • West Jordan Care Center, West Jordan, UT – check out this talents and expertise sheet used to gather information from new care partners

Educational Articles from The Vine newsletter (USA)
A Different Perspective on “Sundowning” by Dr. Al Power

A Eulogy for the Institution from St. John’s Home

Are you intelligent or Are You Intelligent? by Suzette Molina

Education Evolution on the Eden Alternative Journey

Leadershiop Leading the Way with Learning Circles by Suzette Molina

Organizational Redesign by Dr. Al Power

Priorities, Priorities – When They Compete, the Eden Alternative Principles Bring Clarity




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