About the Register
What is the Eden Alternative UK & Ireland Register of Homes?
The Register is for homes that have made a public commitment to strive for the principles and practices of the Eden Alternative. It is not part of the regulatory system or any other quality mark.
Residents and their families seeking accommodation must still make every effort to ensure that their needs can be met by the organisation and work hard to build a relationship with the staff of the home.
Please understand that the Eden Alternative has no operational control over any long-term care facility. Our role is primarily to provide education and support, not monitoring.
We feel it is important, however, to honour those who make a commitment to strive for a community that supports the growth of all who live and work there. Registration is for a two year period, after which the registration process, including a visit to the home, is repeated.
Adopting and fully embedding the the Eden philosophy as the foundation for care and the basis on which to build other good practice is proving to be successful in gaining high CQC ratings and Eden is being cited in many CQC and CCIW (Wales) reports for homes on the Eden Register.
CQC Report Mt Ephraim 2015
“The provider has successfully introduced the ‘Eden Alternative’. This is an approach to providing care devised by the Eden Alternative UK CIC to improve the experience of aging and disability. The benefits of this approach were particularly evident in the way people engaged with and responded to activities arranged at the service.”
CQC Report Amy Woodgate 2015
“The service implemented national initiatives to review the quality of their service and provide an individually tailored service. This included ‘dementia care mapping’ and the Eden Alternative principles. The principles of the Eden Alternative helped staff to empower people and to deliver timely, individualised care.”
CSSIW Report Hillside Residential and Nursing Care Home 2015
“We (CSSIW) found that people living in Hillside Care Home can expect good quality care as we found that people felt stimulated by the quality of the care they experienced. The service applies the theories of the Eden Alternative; which is a tool which aims to improve the quality of life for people living in the service by striving to reduce loneliness, helplessness and boredom.”
Why do we need an Eden Alternative Register?
As a way of recognising those who undertake the hard work of transforming their institutions into warm and loving places to live and work.
We want others to know about these homes that are creating a place where life is worth living and where people want to work.
Similarly, organisations and homes that have made the investment and commitment to the Eden Alternative want to be able to tell the world and differentiate themselves from others who have not made a similar commitment to changing the culture in their homes.
What is the value of the Eden Alternative Register?
First and foremost, belonging to the Register allows a home to use the Eden Alternative name and logo in their promotional material. Eden Alternative is becoming a highly recognisable care philosophy. Google the term Eden Alternative and you will get millions of hits. It also receives thousands of references in the media each year. Worldwide the Eden Alternative is established in most States of the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and South Africa
Eden UK gets calls and emails from healthcare professionals wanting to relocate to an Edenising organisation and family members looking for a place for their loved ones. We also regularly receive invitations from conference organisers requesting a presentation on the Eden Alternative care philosophy. The Eden Alternative name alone carries great value for a home, which also receives with its registration:
- An 'Eden Tree' plaque and a certificate to display as long as the home remains on the Register.
- Listing on the Eden Alternative UK & Ireland website and a link to the home's website.
- Authority to use the Eden Alternative trademarked name and logo in your promotional material.
- Access to the Eden network of homes around the world to share stories, ideas and information.
- Free access to Eden Registry webinars.
- Access to the Eden Home Office and Mentors to assist you with your journey.
- Access to the Registered Homes only area of the Eden USA website, which includes various resources including Warmth and Wellbeing surveys.