First in Ohio: Bridgeway Pointe, Drake Center’s Assisted Living Facility, Earns National Excellence in Dementia Care Award

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The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its coveted "Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction" status to Bridgeway Pointe, Drake Center's assisted living community.

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Bridgeway Pointe should take great pride in knowing that it is providing its community with exceptional care worthy of the Excellence in Care distinction. It is the level of care that all individuals with dementia deserve and that all facilities should strive to achieve.

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The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its coveted "Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction" status to Bridgeway Pointe, Drake Center's assisted living community. Bridgeway Pointe's secured memory care unit, "The Harbor," was the first in Ohio and only the 15th in the nation to earn AFA's national standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related illnesses.

Introduced in 2006, Excellence in Care is a voluntary program in which AFA-trained Excellence in Care specialists conduct on-site evaluations and work side-by-side with dementia care settings nationwide to comply with its standards and for ongoing performance improvement. The evaluation includes assessing a setting's physical environment, safety procedures, program activities, and training for staff and families.

Excellence of Care was developed to establish a nationwide standard of excellence for the care of individuals with Alzheimer's or related diseases.

In announcing the award, Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and CEO, said: "Bridgeway Pointe should take great pride in knowing that it is providing its community with exceptional care worthy of the Excellence in Care distinction. It is the level of care that all individuals with dementia deserve and that all facilities should strive to achieve."

Daphne Glenn, Bridgeway Pointe's executive director, explained she chose to undergo the rigorous Excellence in Care review "because it is important to ensure we are holding ourselves to the highest standards and providing our residents with the best dementia care possible."

"Despite the challenges that comes with dementia, our staff mixes compassionate care with evidence-based programming in order to create a 'safe' home to help residents maximize their quality of life. Receiving this designation is truly an honor and helps confirm that we're attaining the highest standards of care on multiple levels," Glenn said.

Bridgeway Pointe offers a monthly Dementia Support Group for Caregivers, open to residents' families and the general community, on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Each meeting includes new education, knowledge and emotional support. For additional information about the Dementia Support Group or Bridgeway Pointe in general, visit http://www.BridgewayPointe.org or call 513-418-4370.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization made up of more than 1,200 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www.alzfdn.org.

Bridgeway Pointe offers assisted living and memory care for adults of all ages. Bridgeway is connected to Drake Center, the leading provider of specialized medical and rehabilitative care in the region.

NOTE TO REPORTERS:
Some Bridgeway Pointe residents or their family members have indicated they are willing to be interviewed regarding their experiences; please contact Kathy Parsanko at 513-418-4373 to arrange an interview.

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Kathy Parsanko
513-418-4373 (w)    
513-919-5112 (c)                                                                                                    

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