Principle 8 of the Eden Alternative is about bringing decision-making closer to the residents. Last year, residents from each of the five communities in the HBH rest home joined together to become the Resident Rebels, a name they chose themselves.
The group is like a residents’ committee, says Juliette Bell, the Eden Alternative coach at HBH. They meet every six weeks and discuss new initiatives, activities, and ideas for the home.
“We start with morning tea and then move into the meeting. It’s very empowering for them to have the opportunity to contribute in this way and the group has come up with some wonderful ideas,” says Juliette.