Prestonsburg, Ky – September 20, 2018 – Riverview Health Care Center is celebrating a landmark step in the international culture change organization for health care, the Eden Alternative Registry, and it is the first in Kentucky to reach the third milestone. 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,” Missy Allen, Administrator at Riverview Health Care Center, said. “One of the biggest accomplishments is that 20 percent of our team are Certified Eden Associates. We live out what will empower and bring joy to our elders and their 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 are empowered to transform schedules from rigid, traditional health care concrete schedules to times that are what the 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. Earlier this year, Signature HealthCARE marked its 50th location named to the Eden Alternative Registry and won the international organization’s Eden Champion Award.
“This milestone is also about living out servant leadership. All leaders are, or in the process of, becoming certified nursing assistants,” Allen said.
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.