Ecology of Caring Blog
Culture Change: An Evolving Ecosystem, An Ecology of Caring™
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used
when we created them." - Albert Einstein
"I'd rather die". Defiance and denial are often the coping strategies of choice when it comes to aging and chronic illness in America and in many other parts of the world as well. Many people choose to live isolated, lonely and fearful in their own homes because the alternatives appear so bleak. Hope for better choices lies in the hearts of people and organizations like Eden Alternative, Pioneer Network, Kendall and many more. We're happy to list these and will provide links to more as they reveal themselves for there is much being done and much more yet to be done. Only a collaborative effort of mind, spirit and will can truly make the difference.
EarthWonders has benefited greatly from the leaders in culture change in the areas of nursing, assisted, memory, hospice and palliative care. We have been privileged to work with some of the finest, (our partners) learn from the work of practitioners, authors, and heroes - many of those living and working in care settings. We honor them all and feel privileged to be a part of shaping the nature of care.
EarthWonders began our journey with a staff training program using nature to inspire self-care, team-care and customer care. Staff and volunteers learn to connect or reconnect with the healthful benefits of nature to relieve stress, heal, relax, refresh and renew their spirits. The best of training programs remain just that - a good training program, unless they reside in and are supported by the culture of the organization. While all culture change is attitudinal, it also requires a system to support and reinforce the shift in thinking, doing and most importantly being. Culture change is an evolutionary process and at EarthWonders, we continuously evolve as well. What once began as a staff training program is now the EarthWonders Ecology of Caring Integrated Approach™, providing the ecosystem for culture change in care settings. The Ecology of Caring™ relies on the best practice in care supplemented by the best practices found in Nature.