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The Eden Alternative

Embracing a culture of choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.


LindenGrove Communities adopted the person-directed approach of the Eden Alternative in 2001. We’re proud that all four of our locations continue to be members of the Eden Alternative registry today. In fact, we represent four of the five Eden Alternative communities in Wisconsin.

So what is the Eden Alternative?

The Eden Alternative puts an emphasis on the resident's or patient's unique individual needs, preferences and desires. Simply, we put the individual first, and we embrace a culture of choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.

The Eden Alternative philosophy was born to address loneliness, helplessness and boredom through close and continuing relationships, meaningful interactions, opportunities to give as well as receive, and a rich diverse daily life.

When you visit a LindenGrove Communities campus, you’re sure to notice we’re different. We offer an environment that is vibrant and life-affirming, and our care partners embrace a culture where every person matters and everyone has the opportunity for growth, regardless of age or ability.

We live the Eden Alternative every day. You can see it in action through our unique ongoing inter-generational programs with area children from day care centers all the way through high school, robust entertainment and purposeful activity schedules, and our emphasis on pets, plants and nature.  

The Eden Alternative includes 10 Principles which we live by:

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
  2. An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with people of all ages and abilities, as well as plants and animals. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
  3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
  4. An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. An Elder-centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.
  6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
  7. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
  8. An Elder-centered community honors its Elders by de-emphasizing top-down, bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
  9. Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
  10. Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.

Learn more about The Eden Alternative.