No matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow; this is the philosophy behind the Eden Alternative, which promotes a different model of elder care, being embraced by Tafta.
In older traditions of aged care, the elderly were treated as frail; as if they were ill, decisions were made for them and they were housed in sterile institutions where they were passive recipients of care. The Eden Alternative strives to create elder-centred communities that instead encourage meaningful interactions with plants, animals, other adults and children, and simultaneously reduces the need for expensive and often ineffective medical intervention and drug therapies.
An older person is defined as, “Someone who, by virtue of life experience, is here to teach us how to live.” So care becomes a collaborative partnership rather than a one-way street. Together, caregiver and care receiver eliminate the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
At Tafta, we believe that older people are entitled to enjoy a life worth living – and we’ve already taken steps to embrace the Eden philosophy. Fourty-eight staff members underwent Eden Associate training in the last 2 years with additional training planned for 2018.