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Shuksan and the Eden Alternative

A Foundation for Care

Our Skilled Nursing Facility accommodates 48 residents with home-like amenities. Our purpose is to meet the health care needs of our residents in a safe and secure environment while encouraging our residents to feel a part of our Shuksan community.


The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing quality of

life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live. Through education, consultation, and

outreach, this philosophy of care offers person-directed principles and practices that support the unique

needs of different living environments, ranging from the nursing home to the neighborhood street.

In a culture that typically views aging as a period of decline, the Eden Alternative philosophy asserts that

no matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow. Building on this

new paradigm, it affirms that care is not a one-way street, but rather a collaborative partnership. All

caregivers and care receivers are described as “care partners,” each an active participant in the balance

of giving and receiving. Together, care partner teams strive to enhance well-being by eliminating the

three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

Focused on changing the culture of care since the early 1990’s, this approach to person-directed care

initially came to life in nursing homes and has since expanded its reach to all care settings, including

home care and residential care for people living with different abilities. The Eden Alternative firmly

believes that culture change unfolds one relationship at a time, and that deep change can only take root

when the entire continuum of care is involved.

Shuksan Healthcare Center follows the principles outlined by The Eden Alternative® with the intention to

always put the resident first when it comes to their personalized care.