Eden Alternative

Creating a Community Where Life is Worth Living.

Moving from your home into a Care Center can leave many individuals with anxiety. At Johnson Memorial Health Services, we understand that no two people are alike; nor are their care needs. That is why we are changing to better serve your needs.

Just as we are building a new home to for those to live in, we are creating an Elder-centered community where you are a part of the decision-making process.

Elder-centered communities thrive on creating close and continuing relationships, meaningful interactions, opportunities to give as well as receive, and a rich and diverse daily life.

Utilizing the Eden Alternative principals is key to creating a well-being environment for Elders, wherever they live, and those who collaborate with them as care partners.

Eden Alternative is guided by The Ten Principles

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
  2. An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
  3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
  4. An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  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.
  6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
  7. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
  8. An Elder-centered community honors its Elders by de-emphasizing top-down bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
  9. Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
  10. Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.


Our vision is to create a community where it is common to see children, plants, animals, and intergenerational volunteers. Landscaped grounds and gardens with wheelchair-accessible paths will also be open for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.