Eden Philosopy of Care - Principles 3-5 - The Antidote PrinciplesNTL delivers the Eden Alternative Philosophy of Care which states that the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering in our Elders. We have been looking into the 10 Principles of Eden and will now take a look at Principles Three, Four and Five - the Antidote Principles.
Principle Three - Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
In a Human Habitat, the variety of species living there provides many sources of companionship for the Elders seeking it. Our Elders find companionship with our variety of resident and visiting animals; our families; our youth and adult volunteers; our dedicated staff; and the community members who visit everyday.
Principle Four- An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
This speaks of the imbalance of care giving and receiving for the Elders and the caregivers. When care giving and receiving are balanced, people are healthier and happier. NTL provides many opportunities for the Elders to give care via whatever methods enables the Elders to feel most useful: talking with staff about their own lives, setting the table, folding laundry, brushing staff's hair, etc.
Principle Five - 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.
Staff, volunteers and families all need to create environments where everyone can find the variety and spontaneity they need to fill the empty moments of the day. We need to be equipped to be in the moment and not just focused on checking off our list of tasks for the day. It takes trust and it takes strong relationships. Welcoming the community through activities and entertainment; visiting families, pets and children; and simply being open to the unexpected makes for daily spontaneity.