Eden Alternative

Eden Alternative

A cornerstone of the Eden Alternative concept is that residents should have close and continuing contact with as much human habitat as they choose to embrace.  Grand Traverse Pavilions has adopted this concept.

The Eden Alternative was originated by William Thomas, M.D., of Sherburne, N.Y.  Dr. Thomas has extended his personal congratulations to Grand Traverse Pavilions for its role in introducing and implementing the process.

Grand Traverse Pavilions embraces the 10 Eden Alternative Principles.

These principles include:

  1. Understands that loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering in a typical nursing home.
  2. Commits itself to surrendering the institutional point of view and adopts the Human Habitat model that makes pets, plants, and children the pivots for daily life in the nursing home.
  3. Provides easy access to companionship by promoting close and continuing contact between the elements of the human habitat and residents.
  4. Provides opportunities to give as well as to receive care by promoting resident participation in the daily round of activities that are necessary to maintain the habitat.
  5. Imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place.
  6. De-emphasizes the programmed-activities approach to life and devotes those resources to the maintenance and growth of the habitat.
  7. De-emphasizes the role of prescription drugs in the residents' daily life and commits these resources to the maintenance and growth of the habitat.
  8. De-emphasizes top-down bureaucratic authority in the home and seeks instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority either with the residents or in the hands of those closest to the residents.
  9. Understands that Edenizing is the process, not a program, and that the habitat, once created, should be helped to grow and to develop.
  10. Is blessed with leadership that places the need to improve resident's quality of life over and above the inevitable objections to change.  Leadership is the life blood of this process, and nothing can be substituted for it.



Join us for a summer of great music, shared between family and friends through our new broadcast format.  Bringing your recorded concerts from our Grand Lawn directly to your own lawn, couch or kitchen table through the radio airwaves on WCCW 107.5 fm

The Jimmy Buffett Tribute, Featuring Jim Hawley will be on your airwaves Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 pm sponsored by Serra Subaru of Traverse City and Hospice of Michigan!

Don't forget about the passing of our virtual bucket for any free-will donations by vising our website during the concert at gtpavilions.org/donate

Join us next Thursday, August 13th for the The Backroom Gang.


In response to the reality of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Grand Traverse Pavilions has determined that our Resident population is too vulnerable to risk having exposure to the influenza or pandemic infection.

Based on guidance from CMS, the CDC, and our Emergency Preparedness Team, we are restricting visitors until further notice for purposes other than approved medical care and services.

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Now Hiring!

Now Hiring Certified Nurse Aides starting at $17.00/hour for full-time afternoon or midnight shifts!  CNAs perform basic resident care and are responsible in caring for the personal needs and comfort of our residents. Qualified candidates will be at least 17 years of age (18 for midnight shifts), have already completed a recognized Nurse Aide Training program, and obtained a current State of Michigan certification.

Apply now at www.gtpavilions.org/jobs

Beautification Project

Be part of our Campus Wide Beautification Project!  We will be accepting orders throughout the year to enhance our beautiful campus.  Bricks, Park Benches, Picnic Tables and more can be purchased!


All donations to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation are tax deductible charitable contributions as approved by the IRS.  For a full list of giving options please review our various Giving Opportunities below:

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Grand Traverse Pavilions

1000 Pavilions Circle
Traverse City, MI   49684

Phone: (231) 932-3000