Synopses & Reviews
In his Preface Dr. Thomas tells a personal story readers can imagine: how he reluctantly took a job as medical director of a nursing home. Then in the Introduction, Dr. Thomas promises readers that his book is an "attack" on conventional nursing home practice. "I am not interested," writes Thomas, "in hairsplitting disputes over contemporary methods, policies, or procedures. Rather, my concern is with the flawed definition of caring that underlies contemporary nursing home care and management." Part I of the book describes the rationale and philosophies that underlie the Eden Alternative, a program that fights to make life worth living for our frail elderly; Part II provides specific guidelines for how to implement the Eden Alternative in any nursing home. Following from a review by Booklist is an excellent synopsis of this book: "There is at last an alternative for those who see nursing homes as little more than glorified hospitals. Dr. Thomas . . . offers the Eden Alternative in which loneliness, helplessness, and boredom of life in a conventional facility are obliterated and "care" is substituted for superficial "treatment." Thomas provides frighteningly simple methods for dropping long-held assumptions about nursing homes and turning them into places where residents can have reasons to live. He replaces the overmedication, treatment plans, and restricted diets of traditional homes with gardens, pets rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, and more , plants, and children. His book gives concrete plans for implementing the Eden nursing home staff, who, in turn, empower their residents. The 10 Eden Principles can be enacted by any facility that desires to help the elderly reconnect with the worldand put the "home' back into nursing homes. This book offers a splendid solution for those who feel that death might be the best alternative to old age. A provocative, inspiring, hopeful work
The only book on the Eden Alternative, freeing nursing-home residents from loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. ALA's Booklist notes: "A splendid solution for those who feel that death might be the best alternative to old age. A provocative, inspiring, hopeful work."
The grassroots handbook for Edenizing nursing homes.