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People Before Paperwork, LPN Manager Says

Oct 5th, 2011

Century Park staff are learning to incorporate spontaneous recreation in the lives of seniors who make their home at the Points West Living facility.

“Spontaneous recreation could be going for a walk, playing a game of cards, or setting up a tea party for a couple of residents and sitting down with them,” said LPN Manager Todd Fallen. “That’s the most important part. Being part of it and including the staff, not just standing back and watching.”

Fallen recently attended a Eden retreat where staff from several PWL facilities learned more about the Eden Philosophy and principal nine in particular.

“Number nine says that creating an elder-centered community is a never-ending process and that human growth must never be separated from human life,” said PWL CEO Lynda Doll. “An Edenizing organization understands that Edenizing is a never-ending process, not a program.”

Fallen was introduced to the Eden Philosophy just seven months ago when he was hired to manage the Vegreville facility. Before that, he worked at places where staff would be fired for spending quality time with residents.

“In the building I came from most recently, sitting down to paint a resident’s nails or to visit with them would be cause for dismissal. We saw that a few times when they felt a Health Care Aid was spending too much time with their favourite resident. “

Fallen spent years working in facilities where paperwork came before people. He says he isn’t sure if he could go back to working for a company that does not embrace the Eden Philosophy of Care.

“I don’t think I’d be happy on a ward where I’m expected to jam a square peg into a round hole, and that’s pretty much what happens.”

Fallen says it can be difficult for staff who’ve worked in task-oriented long term care facilities to slow down and put residents first. Most learn to love the philosophy, however.

“It’s a breath of fresh air,” he said.

Note: This is the first in a series of stories on the different ways PWL facilities are incorporating the Eden Philosophy in the daily lives of residents and staff.

(Story by Anne-Rachelle McHugh)

 

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