Fred­er­ick Liv­ing awarded ‘Ex­cel­lence in Care’ dis­tinc­tion

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Vicki L. Kriczky, CMP Fred­er­ick Liv­ing

The Alzheimer’s Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica (AFA) an­nounced that Fred­er­ick Liv­ing, of Penn­syl­va­nia, has met its na­tional stan­dards, achiev­ing AFA’s “Ex­cel­lence in Care (EIC) De­men­tia Care Pro­gram of Dis­tinc­tion.”

De­men­tia care set­tings are el­i­gi­ble to at­tain this sta­tus fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive eval­u­a­tion of staff, pro­ce­dures, and en­vi­ron­ment, to as­sess the level of de­men­tia care and en­sure best prac­tices.

“Fred­er­ick Liv­ing is the em­bod­i­ment of qual­ity de­men­tia care and op­er­ates at the high­est level. They are al­ways look­ing for new ways to im­prove care and its de­liv­er­ing, ben­e­fit­ing this most vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion of their com­mu­nity,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of AFA. “We are pleased to rec­og­nize them with the Ex­cel­lence in Care dis­tinc­tion.”

To earn this dis­tinc­tion, EIC sites must meet cer­tain stan­dards set forth by AFA fo­cus­ing on the fol­low­ing three ar­eas: fa­cil­i­tat­ing mean­ing­ful liv­ing; pro­mot­ing safety and se­cu­rity in the en­vi­ron­ment; and achiev­ing over­all health and well­ness of the care com­mu­nity be­ing ser­viced.

El­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in AFA’s Ex­cel­lence in Care De­men­tia Care Pro­gram of Dis­tinc­tion are: as­sisted liv­ing res­i­dences; skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties; long-term care res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties; adult day pro­grams; group homes; and se­nior cen­ters that pro­vide care to in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with de­men­tia.

“The en­tire Fred­er­ick Liv­ing com­mu­nity is thrilled to be af­fil­i­ated with the Alzheimer’s Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica through the Ex­cel­lence in Care ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram,” said Katie Reilly, MSG, As­sis­tant Per­sonal Care Ad­min­is­tra­tor of Fred­er­ick Liv­ing. “The achieve­ment of this ac­cred­i­ta­tion has been a goal of our com­mu­nity for some time, and it’s won­der­ful to see it come to fruition. As a newly-ac­cred­ited de­men­tia care spe­cial­ist com­mu­nity, we have reaf­firmed our pas­sion and com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity, com­pas­sion­ate, per­son-cen­tered mem­ory care for all of our res­i­dents. We look for­ward to work­ing with the Alzheimer’s Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica on fu­ture en­deav­ors to ben­e­fit our res­i­dents and fam­i­lies.”

Molly Fo­gel, LCSW, AFA’s Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tional and So­cial Ser­vices, said “Fred­er­ick Liv­ing ex­em­pli­fies the qual­i­ties AFA looks for in award­ing EIC dis­tinc­tion: an ed­u­cated staff, safe en­vi­ron­ment, and abil­ity to fo­cus on the unique and in­di­vid­u­al­ized needs of each per­son liv­ing with the ill­ness.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Fred­er­ick Liv­ing, visit https://fred­er­ick­liv­ing. org/about-us/. For more in­for­ma­tion on AFA’s Ex­cel­lence in Care pro­gram, visit www.alzfdn.org.

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