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St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion has reaffirmed its commitment to improving quality of care and quality of life for the people who live and work there.

Monday, May 16th, 2011

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion has reaffirmed its commitment to improving quality of care and quality of life for the people who live and work there by completing the first major Milestone of The Path to Mastery™: The Art of Creating a Caring Community. This powerful new tool developed by The Eden Alternative® guides organizations through the process of transforming their culture by applying person-directed care practices. Through this approach, decisions and actions around care honor the voices and choices of care recipients and those working most closely with them.

The Eden Alternative is a national leader in the “culture change” movement in long-term care, most notably in nursing homes and other institutional settings. Through the Path to Mastery, long-term care organizations can now share and benefit from the experiences of hundreds of homes that have successfully transformed their care environments.  St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion believes its completion of Milestone 1 is a legacy to future generations of leaders.  Lessons learned can be shared with others, ensuring that Elders and employees will continue to benefit from culture change efforts. 

“Step by step, the Path to Mastery Milestones will guide our organization further down the road to successful culture change,” says Kathy Murphy, Director of Nursing. “Our experience with each Milestone will be shared with other organizations to inspire them to initiate these types of change.” 

Murphy shares that completing Milestone 1 has helped them to reflect on positive accomplishments and to appreciate how far they have come with putting the Eden Principles into practice.  “By completing Milestone 1, we have demonstrated real progress in moving our organization toward person-directed care.  

This news is timely and important given our country’s current demographic makeup and the aging of America. Changing the culture of care environments is important to overall public health. Improving the way we, as a society, provide long-term care will have a significant impact on many millions of Americans, as the population ages and begins to rely more on support to meet basic daily needs.

The Eden Alternative is an international, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides education and consultation for organizations across the entire continuum of care.  As a person-directed care philosophy, it is dedicated to creating care environments that promote quality of life for Elders and those who support them as care partners. Research has shown this leads to improved quality of care and higher rates of satisfaction for everyone involved, while also benefitting the bottom line.

Eden Day Fund-raiser at St. Mary’s D’Youville Pavilion

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Stop by St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion on Tuesday, April 26 for red hot dogs, chips, and soda!   Just head to the Resident Dining Room on the second floor between 11 am and 1 pm. One hot dog with chips and a soda is $4.00.  An additional hot dog is $2.00.  All proceeds will benefit Eden and our culture change journey at d’Youville.

Variety and spontaneity were alive at d’Youville Pavilion

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

One of the principals defined in the Eden Alternative identifies the three plagues of Elders living in a long term care facility; loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Boredom is the pain we feel when our lives lack variety and spontaneity. 

Variety and spontaneity were alive at d’Youville Pavilion this week as the Elders spent the afternoon organizing and participating in a wheelchair parade throughout the whole building.

 The idea came up when the activities team and the Elders sat down to plan their activities for the month. Since the big event of the month is the country fair they were talking about things associated with a country fair and the idea of a parade came up.  The activities team and the Elders put their heads together and decided to decorate their wheelchairs. They covered the chairs with crepe paper, garland and flowers; some of them even decorated themselves, wearing crazy hats and beads.

 With no real plan in place except to move throughout the facility they headed off. They paraded through the Rehab Center, up to the Third and Fourth floor neighborhoods and into Administration. We ended up having several different parades because they were all over the building, some of them taking different routes. Others joined us as the parade passed by them because they saw how much fun everyone was having. It was exciting to see everyone participating, from Volunteers, Administration staff, student CNA’s and Pastoral Care!  

Most of the Elders had never been in a parade before and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took pleasure in the smiling faces of the spectators. They were all exhausted at the end but very happy.

d’Youville Pavilion is a Registered Eden Alternative Facility

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

“The Eden Alternative is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming care environments into habitats for human beings that promote quality of life for all involved. It is a powerful tool for inspiring well-being for Elders and those who collaborate with them as Care Partners.” Our Mission at d’Youville Pavilion is to nurture all living things in our community, by fostering companionship, spontaneity and self worth.

The 3 West neighborhood; Claudette’s Meadow, has begun reading about Hanna’s Story. Hanna is a character in Dr. William Thomas’ (founder of the Eden Alternative) book titled The Arms of an Elder. The story is told as a parable on a fictitious island named Kallimos. A couple gets shipwrecked and Hannah teaches them what an Eden Community should be like to live in, focusing on companionship and the individual. The story begins with Jude and her husband deciding to leave the busy city for a vacation to Montserrat in a sloop. On the way there, they get caught up in a storm and find themselves ship wrecked on a strange island. More about Hanna’s Story next week.