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Enliven’s Cashmere Home in Johnsonville has become one of the first aged care providers in New Zealand to receive full Eden Alternative registration.
The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of person-centred care that empowers and supports people to have meaning, purpose, companionship and activity in their lives. For full registration facilities have to gain, and maintain, 10 Eden principles that are audited by the Eden Board.
Enliven regional manager Terry Moore explains the achievement is extra-special as Cashmere Home is a hospital-level care facility.
“I believe Cashmere Home is the only hospital level facility in the country to have achieved this status, and one of just a few internationally.”
Enliven embarked on the Eden journey as an organisation in 2008. Now the organisation’s homes, across the lower North Island, are working toward full registration.
Terry says since the introduction of the Eden Alternative Enliven has seen the huge difference it can make for people living in residential care.
“We’ve had several people leave Cashmere to go home again, which is unusual for hospital level care. One of the reasons why this is happening is because Cashmere residents aren’t giving up, they’re supported to regain their independence and have meaning and purpose in their lives.”
He says having a good model of care that is person-centred is crucial in aged care.
“A home’s model of care represents the type of living environment you can expect. Eden makes a difference because we’re creating an environment that is a place not just to survive, but to truly thrive. It’s about encouraging and motivating. It’s about taking care of a person’s entire wellbeing, not just the clinical part.”
This means residents are in control of their lives and help to make decisions about the running of the home.
“Our residents tell us what they want to do; they have a voice. For example, residents help us to interview new staff because this is their home and it’s important they have a say as to how it’s run.”
Terry says obtaining full Eden registry is no easy feat and it has taken a tremendous amount of work by the whole team at Cashmere Home.
“It is a proud moment in our Eden journey and it is making obvious differences in the lives of our residents.”