Daily life at a Mission Health Services care community includes all of the traditional services found in other nursing homes: 24-hour skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation including physical, occupational, speech, and restorative therapies, and the provision of care in all clinical practices. What isn’t traditional, however, is how the services are delivered. Mission care communities offer excellent medical and nursing care and skilled care services in a relationship-rich environment. We believe that a traditional sterile environment with rigid institution based schedules that benefit staff does not promote healing or the physical and emotional wellness of Elders in our care. Being in comfortable surrounds, feeling welcomed and loved, having a sense of belonging and being empowered as the decision maker promotes autonomy and wellness. We call our nursing homes, “care communities” because we have formed a group of people that cares for one another, a community of belonging. As the first Eden Alternative Registered Homes in Utah, Mission care communities seek to root out the institutional practices that perpetuate the loneliness, helplessness, and boredom of most long term care settings. We do this through human and animal companionship, opportunities for Elders to care for other living things, and an environment rich in variety and spontaneity. This is a process of transformation. Our care communities continue to evolve to reflect more of a home and less of an institution.