May 6, 2015 (Denver, Colorado) Wheat Ridge Regional Center has certified 24 caregivers in the Eden Alternative, a cutting edge philosophy of caring for individuals at long-term care facilities that focuses on person-centered care.
The approach is designed to alleviate the "three plagues” that can afflict individuals who live in institutions -- boredom, helplessness and loneliness. The philosophy reconsiders and re-frames all aspects of daily operations, treatment programs and overall care for individuals by focusing on the unique needs and preferences of the individuals who call the center home.
With this step, the Wheat Ridge Regional Center is on track to become the first state-owned and operated Regional Center in the nation to join the Eden Alternative registry.
“We are thrilled to bring this important, person-directed program to our residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing at the Regional Centers,” said Viki Manley, director of the Office of Community Access and Independence.
Adopting the philosophy, training employees, and joining the Eden Alternative registry of care centers is another demonstration of the Wheat Ridge Regional Center’s commitment to continue providing quality care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to according to Manley.
Wheat Ridge Regional Center is composed of 19 homes throughout the Denver metro area, and a day program, the Sunada Learning Center. It is one of three state-owned and operated Regional Centers, which serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have the most intensive needs. The Wheat Ridge Regional Center is home to 126 residents, who are cared for by 383 employees.
The move by the Office of Community Access and Independence to adopt the Eden philosophy is in keeping with the Colorado Department of Human Services’ mission, to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado.