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.