The 10 principles of the Eden Alternative ®:
1. Loneliness, helplessness, and boredom are painful and destructive to our health and well-being.
2. A caring, inclusive and vibrant community enables all of us, regardless of age or ability, to experience well-being.
3. We thrive when we have easy access to the companionship we desire. This is the antidote to loneliness.
4. We thrive when we have purpose and the opportunity to give, as well as receive. This is the antidote to helplessness.
5. We thrive when we have variety, spontaneity, and unexpected happenings in our lives. This is the antidote to boredom.
6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. Meaning is unique to each of us and is essential to health and well-being.
7. We are more than our medical diagnoses. Medical treatment should support and empower us to experience a life worth living.
8. Decision-making must involve those most impacted by the decision. Empowerment activates choice, autonomy, and influence.
9. Building a collaborative and resilient culture is a never-ending process. We need to keep learning, developing and adapting.
10. Wise leadership is the key to meaningful and lasting change. For it, there can be no substitute.
The Eden Alternative ® Domains Of Well-Being
“Well-being is a much larger idea than either quality of life or customer satisfaction. It is based on a holistic understanding of human needs and capacities. Well-being is elusive, highly subjective, and the most valuable of all human possessions.” – Dr. William Thomas, What Are Old People For?
The Domains of Well-Being are:
Identity: Being well-known, having personhood and individuality; wholeness; having a story.
Growth: Development, enrichment, expanding, self-actualization.
Autonomy: Choice and self-determination; freedom from the arbitrary exercise of authority.
Security: Freedom from fear, anxiety, and doubt; feeling safe; having privacy, dignity, and respect.
Connectedness: Belonging; feeling engaged and involved; having close, meaningful relationships.
Meaning: Purpose; activity that speaks to one’s personal values; rituals, recognition, and self-esteem.
Joy: Happiness, enjoyment, pleasure, contentment.