Philosophy of CareYou have probably visited a seniors' facility or had a picture in your head of 'old folks homes' that are sad and depressing. We are proud to say that...Nanaimo Travellers Lodge (NTL) is NOT one of those places. Nanaimo Travellers Lodge has been providing genuine, person-centered care for over thirty years.
Our staff and volunteer Board of Directors passionately researched the best dementia care models in Canada and the U.S. and as a result we conclude the Eden Alternative philosophy was the best direction to move towards.
NTL's strategic direction includes raising it's level of compassionate care and becoming a recognized Eden Alternative home. In 2006 we began working towards that goal, new staff policies and procedures have been implemented and the home-like atmosphere of the facility has been enhanced.
The Eden Alternative
The core belief of the Eden Alternative is that aging should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline. Elders need close and continued contact with plants, animals and children; these relationships provide young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
Our staff and Board members attended an intensive Eden Alternative Certification, offered by staff of the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatchewan, the recognized leader in Eden Alternative care.
Since then, along with policy and procedural changes, physical changes within the Lodge have resulted in a more engaged, interactive atmosphere.
- A growing team of resident pets - colourful fish, cats, birds and wild birds - provide constant stimulation and companionship to our Elders
- Staff and visitors regularly bring their dogs into the Lodge
- A dog run outside in the central courtyard for dogs to rest in between visits
- St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs regularly visit
- Everyone enjoys the therapeutic benefits of gardening - 85% of our Elders gardened in their homes previously and many continue to do so now
- Objects from the garden have proven to be familiar and can trigger memory and recall
- Volunteers spend time carrying out activities such as woodworking and baking
- Children from local daycare centres participate in intergenerational programs with the residential and Day Program Elders
- Events such as concerts take place in the garden or dining room
If your loved one is still living at home and you would like to learn how to incorporate the Eden Alternative philosophy of care into your home life, visit http://www.edenalt.org/eden-at-home.