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How Someone You Love Can Still Enjoy Life in a Nursing Home
The Eden Alternative in Action

by William H. Thomas, M.D.
ISBN: 978-0-9641089-6-7 / ISBN-10: 0-9641089-6-8, $17.95, paperback
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The following review from Booklist (American Library Association) provides an excellent synopsis of the book: "There is at last an alternative for those who see nursing homes as little more than glorified hospitals. Dr. Thomas…offers the Eden Alternative in which loneliness, helplessness, and boredom of life in a conventional facility are obliterated and 'care' is substituted for superficial 'treatment.' He replaces the overmedication, treatment plans, and restricted diets of traditional homes with gardens, pets [rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, and more], plants and children. His book gives concrete plans for implementing the Eden nursing home staff, who, in turn, empower their residents. This book offers a splendid solution for those who feel that death might be the best alternative to old age. A provocative, inspiring, hopeful work."

"Brave, creative vision is going on in unexpected places these days. This program gives an inlet and an outlet for affection and love. There's a lot of smiling going on."—Philip White, Unity Magazine

"For those dealing with institutionalization, Thomas provides hope that this does not have to be the experience dreaded by many."Publishers Weekly

A Book of the Year in Gerontological Nursing
(awarded by the American Journal of Nursing)

Honorable Mention, Medical Book Awards
(awarded by the American Medical Writers Association)

Benjamin Franklin Award in Psychology/Self-Help
(awarded by Publishers Marketing Association)

America's Award
(awarded to the author for his work;
dubbed "the Nobel Prize for Goodness")

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