Becoming well-known is a hallmark value of the Eden Alternative philosophy, which is defined as “When the Elders and their Care Partners are well-known to one another needs are anticipated, Elders are the decision makers, Elder preferences are met, and genuine human caring comes ahead of tasks. When the person in more important than the task, there is nothing we will not do to improve their well-being.”
My role in the organization isn’t as a direct care give, but I am fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know residents and clients by interviewing them for stories and/or taking their photos. Many of them know my name, but most probably know me as the person who takes the pictures. Adult Day Health client Elayna Kaplan, whom I’ve know for over a year, left me the above magazine clipping a note saying that she thought I’d like the photography in this particular story. She was right. Getting to know the residents and clients here is wonderful, but I’m always pleasantly surprised to realize that many of them have gotten to know me as well.