Westminster-Thurber Hosts International Conference

Posted on July 01, 2008 in In The News

In early June, people from throughout the world gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus for the Eden Alternative 4th International Conference in alliance with AOPHA, The Advocate of Not-For-Profit Services for Older Ohioans. Hosted by Westminster-Thurber Community, the only registered Eden community in Central Ohio, the conference provided world-class learning opportunities in Eldercare for nearly 350 individuals from 11 countries and 30 states. During the conference, Westminster-Thurber received the Master Gardener Award, which recognizes an Eden Registered Home’s commitment and journey toward bringing the Eden Alternative Principles to life throughout its organization. Dr. William Thomas, Founder of the Eden Alternative and Nancy Fox, CEO of Eden, presented the award.

The Eden Alternative is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to remaking the experience of aging and disability across America and around the world. Founded in 1991 by Dr. William Thomas, the Eden Alternative is improving quality of life and care for those living in skilled nursing facilities. More than 17,000 Eden associates worldwide are dedicated to eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom in long-term care facilities by creating home environments that include meaningful relationships and opportunities for variety and spontaneity in daily living. The Eden Alternative now claims more than 300 registered homes in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The staff and management of these homes continue to work toward meaningful culture change through ongoing training and a continued dedication to creating a life worth living for those in their care.