Tafta on Ridge is proud to be an Eden Alternative, registered home

Tafta on Ridge is the first home in Kwa-Zulu Natal – and the third in South Africa – to become a member of Eden Alternative South Africa Registry. This means that the TAFTA community in Durban has joined over 350 international long-term care communities committed to improving the quality of life and care for the people they serve.

Since beginning The Eden Alternative journey in 2016, Tafta on Ridge has made a number of physical and operational changes to meet Eden Alternative assessment criteria. By joining the Eden Register, the staff and management of the home have confirmed their commitment to continue to work towards meaningful culture change through ongoing training and a continued dedication to making life better for those who live and work there.

The philosophy and work of The Eden Alternative are guided by Ten Principles:

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
  2. An Elder-centred community commits to creating a human habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. 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-centred community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. An Elder-centred 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-centred community honours 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-centred community is a neverending 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.

Growing older can be different

The Eden Alternative believes that ageing should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline.

When you enter a home run on The Eden Alternative principals, you will feel that something is different – although you might not be able to describe it. What you are feeling is simply love. Love matters in homes implementing the Eden Alternative, and flourishes because of the deep relationships we nurture.

A life worth living

What you will particularly notice is that people are engaged in life. There is a light in their eyes that shows that they are experiencing a life worth living in our home.

You will also experience the power of care partnership. We promote a culture of meaningful care that does not see the needs of caregivers as separate from the needs of care receivers, but instead upholds the well-being of the entire care relationship. We believe that opportunities to give, as well as receive, are alive in every moment.

Care Partnerships

We strongly believe that the most effective care happens when there is a partnership or friendship between the giver and receiver. We ensure that the same care partners are spending their days with the same Elders. Just as in a family, close relationships are grown by having the Elders and care partners make daily decisions together such as the daily routine, what to eat, what to spend their time doing, when to celebrate and what to improve.

Enhancing connectedness

Our priority is creating well-being for all care partners on the team, by strengthening their sense of identity and autonomy, ensuring security, enhancing connectedness (with others, the community and their surroundings), driving meaning deeper into daily life experiences, promoting ongoing growth by building on strengths, and taking time to experience moments of joy as they come.

The Human Habitat

In these homes, you might see a few things that are different and unexpected. These are elements of the Human Habitat which include live, green plants, gardens, cats, dogs, birds or fish.