Eden Alternative (a member of IAHSA) and The Lifespan Network’s Wellspring Program announced that The Eden Alternative will take ownership of Wellspring to provide the most comprehensive offering of culture change resources and education services.  Their fused efforts can reach a larger audience for greater impact and fill the growing need for clinical and cultural demands of person-directed care.

Eden Alternative, established in 1992, has trained over 27,000 caregivers and has implemented practice in more than 200 nursing homes across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.  Wellspring (1994) boasts higher immunization, fewer bedfast residents, lower restraint usage, more preventive skin care, fewer psychoactive medications, less resident incontinence, fewer tube feedings and more altered diets than comparable facilities with the same staffing ratios.

The combined offerings of Eden Alternative and Wellspring will bring together for the first time a comprehensive approach to culture change, leveraging their respective strengths.

Christine (Christa) Monkhouse, Regional Coordinator for Eden Alternative Europe, shares the excitement with IAHSA:

“I am very happy about this announcement. In the past, a few culture change movements and initiatives have started and developed their own values, strategies and actions for change. Now that the time has come that our societies acknowledge the need for culture change slowly but definitely, all movements have matured and progressed, grown and not given up.

The ten Eden Principles constitute an integrated, holistic philosophy, based on humanistic values, which are flexible enough to be adapted to all cultures and belief system. These values are now more and more supported by research from neurobiology, positive emotions and many others.

The Eden-Alternative has the potential to become the umbrella philosophy for all culture change movements until the old culture is really gone. So, given this very clear vision, the Eden-Wellspring merger is only the beginning of a profound change on how we provide long term care.”

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