SLR First to Achieve Purple Flag Accreditation Across All Locations

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ announced today that Senior Living Residences (SLR) is the first senior housing provider to achieve accreditation across all of its communities that offer memory support. This brings SLR’s grand total of accredited communities to 14 and total Purple Flag communities to 31 across Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

More than six million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 11 million more are providing unpaid care for those with dementia (Alzheimer’s Association, 2023). The need for high-quality, trustworthy memory support options that families and eldercare professionals can rely on has never been greater. 

Purple Flag & SLR

Purple Flag was originally developed by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) and the Institute for Senior Living Education as a way to recognize excellence and drive continuous improvement in the quality of care for people with dementia. Their rigorous application process assesses senior care organizations, including assisted living communities, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies, in their ability to consistently deliver person-centered care, maintain a supportive and therapeutic environment, and offer ongoing training to staff associates and support to the families they serve. Purple Flag accredited communities must adhere to 60 practice standards which are considered essential and valuable when caring for someone living with dementia. As a result, Purple Flag communities are setting the example for excellence in memory care.

“We commend SLR for their continuous quality assurance efforts in resident safety and quality of care,” said Christopher Carter, President of Purple Flag and CALA and member of Purple Flag’s Governance Committee. “I know that this partnership will raise awareness of the Purple Flag initiative and encourage other senior care organizations to follow in SLR’s footsteps. Families deserve the highest standard of care. When they start their search for a senior care provider, they are often in crisis and can be overwhelmed by the choices ahead of them. The Purple flag symbol makes that search a little easier, identifying communities that have proven their ability to not just care for seniors, but to provide families with resources and reassurance that their loved one’s quality of life is the utmost priority.”

Founded in 2019 in Connecticut, the Purple Flag program has now spread across New England. Recently there’s been a lot of excitement around Purple Flag. In 2023 alone, the organization officially recognized 26 assisted living communities across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Purple Flag is anticipating further expansion expected in 2024, estimating 20 senior care providers to be honored.

“In 2007, SLR envisioned a revolutionary memory support program focused on treating the symptoms of dementia in a way that prioritized dignity, independence and a focus on what seniors can still do. Today, our Compass Memory Support Neighborhoods® are living out that vision, giving people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia the best possible quality of life,” said SLR’s President and CEO, Tadd Clelland. “We are grateful to have found a like-minded partnership in Purple Flag, whose accreditation program not only validates the work our passionate associates do day in and day out, but also confirms for family members that they have put their trust in the right place.”

SLR’s Purple Flag Accredited Communities

  • Farmington Station – Farmington, Connecticut
  • Ridgefield Station – Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • Compass on the Bay – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Concord Park – Concord, Massachusetts
  • Standish Village – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cornerstone at Canton – Canton, Massachusetts
  • Cornerstone at Hampton – Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Methuen Village – Methuen, Massachusetts
  • Neville Place – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Cornerstone at Milford – Milford, Massachusetts
  • Armbrook Village – Westfield, Massachusetts
  • Forestdale Park – Malden, Massachusetts
  • Goddard House – Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Heights Crossing – Brockton, Massachusetts

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