The Eden Philosophy embraces a person-driven culture, where activities and care are structured to the individuals’ wants and desires as opposed to the convenience and routine of the staff and organization.
Eden Principles of Care:
- The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our elders.
- 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.
- Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
- An elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
- 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.
- Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
- Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
- 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.
- Creating an elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
- Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.