The Fav 5 District Newsletter (click image at right for more pictures–>)

The Grill at Bordeaux! (click for pictures!)

The Grill and friends from the Hard Rock Cafe.

New Speakers at the Fletcher House! (click for pictures!)

See one of our Eden grants at work!

Eden Principle #5 Put into Practice!

Eden Principle # 5:

“An Elder centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.”

Joy at Pleasant Hill

Click here to read about it and to view the pictures!

Bordeaux Long Term Care Wins 2 TNAHSA Awards

Read all about it!

Ivy Crest Beautification

See their picture gallery for great pictures and a brief description of the project!

Bordeaux Has a Ball

As part of their Nursing Home Week celebration, Bordeaux Long-term Care held a Celebrity Ball. Debbie Meredith has provided these pictures. 200 elders danced the night away in gowns and tuxes, and staff members dressed up as Hollywood celebrities. Great fun was had by all. Click on the picture to the right to see the photo gallery!

Jefferson County Greenhouse Gathering

On May 6, 2010, Jefferson County Nursing Home in Dandridge held an Open House for its new campus, becoming the first long-term care facility in Tennessee to provide Green House living to its residents. Click on the photo below to see more photos of the occasion!

To honor this landmark development for culture change, Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Eden Alternative, flew down from Ithaca, NY, to address the crowd, which was made up of residents, their families, staff, interested citizens and officials, including State Senator Mike Faulk.

Dr. Thomas also held a private meeting with the facility’s Shabazim, emphasizing that their work in Jefferson County could have a major impact on the future of long-term care in America.

3 members of the TEF Board of Directors – Laurie Loughlin, Kort Nygard, and Ronnie Steinberg, travelled east to attend this significant event, where they ran into several other TEAC members from across the state, some of whom are pictured here.

One very interesting item everyone noticed and remarked upon was a pulley mechanism over each bed which can transport the resident into the adjoining bathroom.

Enjoy these photos of the event and the lovely Green Houses (click on picture above to view photos!).

WHARTON SMALL HOUSEHOLD MODEL DEDICATED (Click on picture to see more photos of the event!)

On May 7, 2010, Wharton Nursing Home, which is part of the Uplands campus in Pleasant Hill in Cumberland County, dedicated its new homes constructed in the small household model.

During the proceedings, a song written by Jane Heald, an Uplands resident who has been a major proponent of the Eden Alternative, was performed to great appreciation.

TEF Board members Laurie Loughlin, Kort Nygard and Ronnie Steinberg happily participated in the festivities.

Residents, staff, family members, clergy and others who support this endeavor, including State Representative Eric Swafford, came together to celebrate this milestone in Tennessee’s history. Wharton is the first facility in the state-licensed to build a campus of small households. This model resembles the Green House but shelters a larger number of residents. There are 2 buildings, each with 2 wings. Uplands’ Executive Director, Nancy Himell, explained that the residents currently live in 4 neighborhoods in the old building, and these neighborhoods will be kept intact when they move to the new homes.