Training Overview

The Eden Alternative® in Care Communities

Transforming Residential Care Environments

By moving away from top-down, departmental approaches to management and moving decision-making closer to the Elders themselves, The Eden Alternative® helps nursing homes, short-term rehabilitation, and assisted living communities create a vibrant, empowered existence for the Elders they serve and the people who work closely with them, as care partners.

Implementation of The Eden Alternative® impacts the organizational structure, physical environment, and relational interactions of residential care. When identifying goals for personal and organizational growth, organizations must consider how to best live out each of the Eden Alternative® Ten Principles for the benefit of the Elders and their care partners, as well as the community as a whole.


The Eden Registry

The Eden Registry honors those organizations committed to the challenging work of transforming traditional approaches to care into a person-directed alternative.

Guided by the four Milestones of the Path to Mastery, Eden Registry Members form a dedicated group of change agents committed to creating vibrant, life-affirming environments, where each person matters and everyone has opportunities for growth, regardless of age or abilities.

Joining the Eden Registry highlights your organization as one that is stepping up to create a life worth living, wherever Elders call home. Today, there are hundreds of Eden Registry Members nationwide from across the full continuum of care. Their best practices frame a clearinghouse of information, techniques, and support they can both learn from and share with other organizations on a culture change journey.


Become an Associate

Becoming an Associate is the first step in the Eden Alternative® journey.

Associates have successfully completed a 3-day classes focused on the principles and practices of The Eden Alternative®.

  • For care communities (nursing homes, assisted living, and CCRCs),
  • For residential care and support for individuals living with different abilities,
  • For home and community-based care (home care, adult day services, senior centers, area agencies on aging, independent living,)

Educational offerings are open to everyone and prepare Associates to roll up their sleeves and put what they’ve learned into action, while serving as an inspiration and leader, regardless of professional role, to those around them. Currently, there are over 30,000 Associates in Canada and around the world. This invaluable network of deeply caring individuals helps us spread the word that it can, indeed, be different.