Eden Alternative Grant Assistance Program
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About the Eden Alternative Grant Assistance Program
The Tennessee Eden Alternative™ Grant Assistance Program was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1999 for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for nursing home, assisted care living facility and home for the aged residents in Tennessee through the promotion and support of the concepts of the Eden Alternative™. The Tennessee Eden Alternative™ Grant Assistance Program was developed to provide seed money to nursing home, assisted care living, and home for the aged facilities that are committed to implementation of the Eden Alternative™ process. The goals of the Tennessee Eden Alternative™ Grant Assistance Program are: 1) to accomplish direct improvement in the quality of life for residents and staff of participating facilities; and 2) to establish participating facilities as resources for other facilities that may be interested in implementation of the Eden Alternative™ process or similar efforts in the future.
The $50,000. allotted for the grant program is provided from the Nursing Home Resident Trust Account, established with State civil monetary penalties collected through enforcement activities against nursing homes. In accordance with T.C.A. § 68-11-827, funds in the trust account carry over each year until expended. The account is evaluated on an annual basis to determine if sufficient funds are available to continue to fund the Eden Alternative™ Grant Assistance Program.
A maximum of ten Eden Alternative™ grants, of not more than $5,000 each, are awarded annually. At least five are awarded to nursing homes, three to assisted care living facilities, and two to homes for the aged. If the Department receives fewer grant proposals than the allotted number for any facility type in any fiscal year, proposals submitted by other facility types may be awarded those remaining grants.
Early each year all licensed nursing homes, homes for the aged, and assisted care living facilities in Tennessee are notified of the availability of the grants. Interested facilities contact the Division to request a "Request For Grant Proposals" package, then prepare a proposal and submit it within a specified timeframe. The proposals are then evaluated by the Tennessee Eden Alternative™ Coalition, which is charged with assisting the Department in the review and evaluation of the grant proposal applicants.
The Coalition is a non-profit association dedicated to improving the quality of life for long term care residents through the promotion of the Eden Alternative™ process. Membership of the Coalition consists of facility representatives, health care professionals, long-term care ombudsmen, representatives of the Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) and Tennessee Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (TNAHSA), and various state and county government agencies.
The Division and the Coalition are seeking partners to develop a data collection system that will evaluate the effectiveness of the Eden Alternative™ process in improving quality of life for residents of nursing homes, assisted care living facilities and homes for the aged.
For more information on the Eden grant program contact the Division at (615) 741-7221. For additional information on the Coalition go towww.tneden.org and for further information on culture change and the Eden Alternative™ process go to www.edenalt.com and towww.pioneernetwork.net.