Methuen Village held a flag-raising ceremony today to celebrate receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. Methuen Village is just the fifth community in the state to become Purple Flag accredited.
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, Methuen Village 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 eldercare professionals to celebrate the milestone achievement. Neil Perry, Mayor of Methuen and Eunice Ziegler, Chairwoman of the City Council, were also in attendance, offering their enthusiastic support of the remarkable team at Methuen Village. The purple flag will now fly in front of the community as a symbol of excellence in memory care.
“Purple Flag’s mission really hit home with us,” shared Terri Sullivan, Director of Community Relations at Methuen Village. “They aim to advocate for residents and families and recognize those organizations that go above and beyond, the ones that focus on staff training and education, aim to protect resident independence, and truly see residents for who they are and what they can still do. I so hope more communities in our area are encouraged to participate in Purple Flag’s process, because it means families will have better, higher-quality choices for their loved ones.”
“We’re honored to induct Methuen Village 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 Methuen Village may be assured knowing that this Senior Living Residences community has achieved this very important milestone.”