The Eden Alternative® recently announced the addition of The Gardens at DePugh in Winter Park, Florida to its International Registry, joining 250 national and international long-term care communities committed to improving quality of life and care for the people they serve.
“With more than 15,000 nursing homes in the United States, The Gardens at DePugh demonstrates its aspiration to become a prominent skilled/intermediate care provider in the greater Central Florida area,” said Eden Chief Executive Officer, Chris Perna. “Achieving Registry status indicates The Gardens at DePugh’s understanding of the unique needs, preferences and desires of those individuals entrusted to their care,” he added.
A 2015 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) awarded funds for employees from The Gardens at DePugh to engage in professional development training provided by The Eden Alternative®. This training signified the start of a multi-year comprehensive Registry process that consists of four milestones, each representing an opportunity to deepen the staff’s focus on core person-directed values that include choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living. “We embraced The Eden Alternative’s multi-phased process that provides principles and training strategies to create a vibrant, life-affirming environment where each person matters and everyone has opportunities for growth, regardless of age or abilities,” added Millie Sorger, Executive Director of The Gardens at DePugh.
“The Gardens at DePugh becomes one of only six nursing homes in the state of Florida to earn this designation. We have heard very positive feedback from staff and families that affirm the Foundation’s investment in this training designed to create care environments that promote quality of life for residents and their caregivers. We are grateful to the Gardens at DePugh for their willingness to embrace The Eden Alternative® which we expect will lead to improved quality of care and higher rates of satisfaction among staff, residents and families,” said Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director.