Second, we should not delude ourselves into believing that the nursing facility, even though in some cases "Edenized
" and more homelike, is not an institutional environment conducive to breeding depression; because of the sheer burden of illness and disability it confronts, the nursing home will never be totally dissociated from its institutional status.
Grant, who is careful to say that Bethesda is not an "Edenized
" facility, explains that her visions for the project changed during the first months of implementation.
He describes it as "the creation of a 'human habitat' where people thrive, grow and flourish, rather than wither, decay and die." To create this habitat, "edenized" facilities are literally infused with life, in the form of plants, animals and children.
Thomas cautions against "taking parts of a life well lived and turning them into therapy: affectionate touch becomes touch therapy, contact with animals becomes animal therapy." Instead, plants, animals and children are part of the day-to-day lives of the residents and staff of edenized facilities; they are not "therapeutic activities."