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postheadericon  Bent County HealthCare Center is proud to be Eden® certified.

The Eden Alternative

The Eden Alternative® is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to remaking the experience of aging and disability world-wide. The Eden Alternative® is a fast-growing philosophy that seeks to change the culture and environment of today’s nursing homes and other long-term care institutions. It is a powerful tool for improving quality of life for elders and for recapturing a meaningful work life for their caregivers. The Eden Alternative's® mission is “improving the lives of elders by transforming the communities in which they live and work”, and the Eden® vision is “the elimination of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom”. Eden® focuses on a life with children, plants, and animals.

The Bent County HealthCare Center has partnered with Kountry Kids Learning Center, our in-house childcare center, for many years. We have also utilized plants and animals in the building as we see the benefits of these aspects of life for our elders. After hearing about the Eden Alternative®, the staff, elders, and our Board of Trustees realized our goals closely mirrored those of the Eden® Philosophy and we become Eden® certified in 2004.