MINNESOTA'S ECUMEN PROVIDES GREAT PLACES FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS!

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 1/28/2011

Ecumen, a Minnesota company, currently operates 70 senior communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and Idaho.  Its revenues (2009) were $125.8 million.  Its mission?  To create “home” for older adults, wherever they choose to live.  Indeed, the word “Ecumen” comes from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” 

Recently, Ecumen, working with physicians, residents, and family members at its Sunrise nursing home in Two Harbors, Minnesota, eliminated the administration of psychotropic drugs and decreased the use of antidepressants by one-half.


Eva Lanigan is an Ecumen clinical director who led the work. She says that "The chaos level is down, but the noise is up--the noise of people laughing, talking, much more engaged with life. It's amazing."  

Here’s the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's coverage of “Awakenings” and a YouTube video of the program in action.





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