Heights Crossing Receives Purple Flag for Dementia Care Accreditation

From left to right: Peter McConnell, Heights Crossing Executive Director; Chris Carter, President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™; Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan; State Representative Michelle DuBois; Jimmy Valentin from the Office of Senator Michael Brady; and State Representative Rita Mendes

Heights Crossing held a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. 

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) but has since expanded outside of CT. The program’s standards evaluate an organization’s capacity to provide collaborative care in a safe, functional and respectful environment, ensuring high quality care and overall quality of life for residents. As part of the evaluation process, Heights Crossing had to demonstrate adherence to 60 best practice standards and training outlined by Purple Flag for services provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

The flag-raising event provided an opportunity for the community’s associates, residents, family members and local senior care professionals to celebrate the milestone achievement. Notable guests included State Representatives Rita Mendes and Michelle DuBois, and Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan, and Heights Crossing was bestowed several official citations for the occasion: 

Citation from the MA State Senate offered by Senator Michael Brady: “In recognition of receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care Accreditation due to your determination to go above and beyond in the quality of services for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Citation from the MA House of Representatives: “In recognition of attaining Purple Flag Accreditation for excellence in the provision of dementia care. The entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.”

Citation from Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan: “In recognition Achieving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care Accreditation, a designation awarded only to providers dedicated to the highest level of dementia care. In New England, Heights Crossing is one of an elite few to have achieved this designation. The “City of Champions” thanks you for your dedication to our community.”

The Heights Crossing team proudly celebrates their Purple Flag

In his remarks, Heights’ Executive Director Peter McConnell shared his heartfelt gratitude for the team behind the accreditation, many of whom have worked at Heights Crossing for 10, and even 20, years. “Thank you to our associates for your hard work,” shared McConnell. “Your dedication has gotten us here, and I am so grateful for each one of you. Thank you for always putting our residents first and working to make Heights Crossing their home. At the end of the day, earning the Purple Flag just goes to show that our associates are the best of the best in the industry.”

“We’re honored to induct Heights Crossing as the latest Purple Flag-accredited community,” said Christopher Carter, President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™. “Current and future residents, families and anyone interested in both the quality of care and quality of life provided here at Heights Crossing may be assured knowing that this Senior Living Residences community has achieved this very important milestone.”