What makes the Eden Alternative so important to us?
The Eden Alternative is a fresh philosophy of personal, organisational and environmental transformation founded by Dr. William Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician.
Since the late 1990s, it has been changing the way hospitals and homes are being developed and managed by progressive care organisations around the world.
The core concept of the Eden Alternative is simple: Care environments are habitats for human beings that should promote health, wellbeing and growth rather than facilities where the frail and elderly stagnate and decline.
The Eden Alternative shows us how human companionship, animals, children and plants help in providing an opportunity for a meaningful contribution and care. Essentially, it contributes to preventing and eliminating the aged care plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
The Eden Alternative approach is encapsulated in ten principles that form part of a rigorous learning, implementation and registration process instituted by the international, not-for-profit Eden Alternative organisation.
Since adopting the Eden Alternative, Knox residents have had a higher level of wellbeing and we experience lower staff
turnover. Knox is much more lively and spirited. There is
continuing evidence of more spontaneity, increased care and
Knox was New Zealand’s first fully-registered Eden Alternative home
Knox Home adopted the Eden Alternative in 2009. In 2012 we won the Seedling Award to become the first Australasian home to win an international Eden award. The Seedling Award recognises a home or community based service, new to the Eden Alternative journey that has demonstrated a level of commitment and progressiveness that challenges others to grow. Knox Home achieved full Eden Alternative registration in February 2014.
The Eden Alternative philosophy is perpetually central to the development of the Knox care model and impacts all facets of the site including redevelopment plans.
The Knox commitment to the Eden Alternative advances and is continually monitored by Eden in OZ&NZ.
Their robust appraisal process allows us to maintain our Eden Alternative’s Master Gardener status.
To learn more about the Eden Alternative visit edeninoznz.com.au