Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation Continues to Grow as EPOCH Senior Living Pursues Systemwide Implementation

EPOCH Senior Living, a Northeastern senior healthcare organization, has recently partnered with Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ to implement systemwide accreditation across all 12 of its communities offering memory care. Purple Flag is an accreditation program developed to recognize excellence and drive continuous improvement in the quality of services provided to residents in Assisted Living and Long-Term Care communities, Home Care Agencies and other settings with an emphasis on individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

Purple Flag’s platform recognizes organizations that go above and beyond every day— those communities that truly see residents for who they are and through care, support, and programming aim to enhance their cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The program’s aim is to equip providers with the tools needed to stay ahead of the curve in providing high-quality care by using effective, data-driven performance advancement methodologies. 

In doing so, Purple Flag-accredited communities are setting the gold standard for memory care. The first three EPOCH Senior Living communities to complete their evaluations and achieve Purple Flag Accreditation are Waterstone on High Ridge, Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull and Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk– with their symbolic flag-raising ceremonies having been held throughout June.

All three of the Connecticut communities underwent a rigorous audit to demonstrate best practices in care programs alongside conformance with the requirements of 60 practice standards across ten content areas. 

“EPOCH is leading the way in the world of memory care by adopting the high-quality standards set by Purple Flag Accreditation systemwide. We believe this to be a clear indicator of EPOCH’s passion and commitment to providing the best care possible for their residents,” said Christopher Carter, President of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) and Purple Flag Governance Committee member. “We hope that more organizations implementing widespread standards for improvement like Purple Flag will inspire positive change throughout the country, motivating an overall trend supporting higher quality care for those with dementia and all who reside in senior living.”

The Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation standards, which include a quality framework and specific required elements for care programs, are considered essential and valuable in making a difference in the care of a person with dementia.

“We’re proud to have Waterstone on High Ridge, Bridges by EPOCH Trumbull and Bridges by EPOCH Norwalk fly the Purple Flag at their communities,” said Carter. “They have taken the first steps to encourage a new level of quality for EPOCH and all its memory care programs. They have truly showcased outstanding leadership in both memory care and the field of senior living overall.”

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ABOUT PURPLE FLAG FOR DEMENTIA CARE™

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is an accreditation program developed to recognize excellence and drive continuous improvement in the quality of services provided by those who care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ originated through a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). Upon approval, providers receive the distinctive purple flag as a symbol that communicates their commitment to leadership in the field of memory care. To learn more about Purple Flag and for media inquiries, please contact Christopher Carter at [email protected] or (860) 434-5760.

ABOUT EPOCH SENIOR LIVING

Waltham-based EPOCH Senior Living was founded in 1997 by senior living professional Laurence Gerber, who had a vision of redefining the senior healthcare and assisted living industry in the New England area. Known for delivering outstanding experiences and purpose-built properties, the organization currently operates 11 Bridges® by EPOCH communities and five Waterstone Senior Living communities throughout the Northeast. EPOCH is committed to providing premier residences, high-touch services and wellness opportunities that enable seniors to enjoy comfortable, healthy and dignified lifestyles in gracious settings. Bridges® by EPOCH is New England’s largest stand-alone memory care assisted living provider. More information about EPOCH can be found at www.epochsl.com.

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