Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center joins the international registry of the Eden Alternative
"With more than 15,000 nursing homes in the United States, Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center demonstrates its aspiration to become a prominent skilled/intermediate care provider in the greater Plainsboro area," said Eden Chief Executive Officer, Chris Perna. "Achieving Registry status indicates Merwick's understanding of the unique needs, preferences and desires of those individuals entrusted to their care," he added.
Working with employees at all levels of Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, the Eden Alternative provided professional development training in person-directed care, an evolving process that honors the voices and choices of elders and those working most closely with them, thus transforming the delivery of care to the entire community.
"Culture change is the common name for a global initiative focused on transforming long-term care as we know it," explained Merwick's Administrator, Tom Scarborough, "and our entire team was eager to shift its care practices and values to put the individual first," he noted.
Throughout this comprehensive Registry process, both ancillary and clinical staff at Merwick focused on core person-directed values that included choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living. "We embraced The Eden Alternative's multi-phased process that provides principles and training strategies to create a vibrant, life-affirming environment where each person matters and everyone has opportunities for growth, regardless of age or abilities," added Tom Scarborough.
"We have diligently worked through the preparation to become an Eden Registry Member because our care partner team is committed to enhancing its delivery of support services using the principles and practices of The Eden Alternative." said Tom Scarborough, clarifying Eden Alternative's belief that the most effective support happens when there is a partnership between the caregiver and the care receiver. "We will continue to progress through three additional Eden Alternative Path to Mastery Milestones that will deepen our integration of person-directed care practices. It is something we all want for our loved ones, and eventually for ourselves," Tom Scarborough concluded.
The Eden Alternative is an international, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that provides education and consultation for organizations across the entire continuum of care. With its person-directed care philosophy, it is dedicated to creating care environments that promote quality of life for Elders and those who provide support, leading to improved quality of care and higher rates of satisfaction.