The Eden Al­ter­na­tive phi­los­o­phy

South Waikato News - - OPINION / KI O¯KU NEI WHAKAARO -

Rangiura’s aim is to com­bat lone­li­ness, help­less­ness and bore­dom ex­pe­ri­enced by its res­i­dents through us­ing the Eden Al­ter­na­tive.

An El­der-cen­tred com­mu­nity cre­ates a habi­tat where life re­volves around con­tin­ual and close con­tact with plants, an­i­mals and chil­dren.

Rangiura manager El­lie Davies said this is ex­actly the model of care that the new fa­cil­ity is based on.

She said the new de­sign en­sures res­i­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties that em­power the hu­man spirit.

Big­ger and brighter living spa­ces, smaller group­ings of res­i­dents, the build­ing of strong com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships all con­trib­ute to the Res­i­dents re­ceiv­ing the love at­ten­tion and con­tact they need. Even the land­scap­ing and gar­dens have been spe­cially de­signed to com­ple­ment the newly cre­ated ar­eas. There is a dis­cov­ery area for young and old ad­ja­cent to the café as well as ar­eas for the Res­i­dents to grow their own plants and veg­eta­bles.

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