Standish Village Celebrates Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation with Flag-Raising Ceremony 

Standish village celebrates Purple Flag accreditation.

Standish Village at Lower Mills, an assisted living and memory support community in Boston, held a “flag-raising” last week to celebrate achieving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. Standish Village is the third provider in MA and fifth Senior LivingResidences (SLR) community to become Purple Flag-accredited as part of the organization’s system-wide implementation of the program. 

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). The program’s standards evaluate an organization’s capacity to provide collaborative care in a safe, functional and respectful environment, ensuring high-quality memory care and overall quality of life for residents. As part of the evaluation process, Standish 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. Standish is now among the 13 Purple Flag communities and counting that have met the standards to elevate care quality for all residents. 

The flag-raising event provided an opportunity for the community’s management, staff, residents, family members and local eldercare professionals to celebrate the milestone achievement. The purple flag will now fly in front of the community as a symbol of high quality memory care. 

“We’re incredibly proud of Standish Village for earning their Purple Flag accreditation,” said Christopher Carter, President of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). “They’ve demonstrated their dedication to upholding the highest standards of memory care that we strive to provide.” 

“Being a Purple Flag community means our work doesn’t end here; it is a promise to continue going above and beyond for our residents and ensuring they have the best quality of life,” shared Julie Williamson, Executive Director at Standish Village. “With the stellar team we have here, whose commitment, passion and talent got us this far, I have no doubt we’ll be able to uphold these standards.”

“Creating an accreditation program that focuses on services for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia is no small feat. In doing so, Purple Flag has raised the bar for an entire industry”, explained Tadd Clelland, President & CEO of Senior Living Residences. “Christopher Carter and his team are important advocates for improving the quality of life for seniors on a macro level, and I hope more assisted living providers follow suit in striving to meet these essential standards.” 

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Photo 1 – Pictured from left to right: John FitzGerald, Deputy Director Of Real Estate Operations for Boston’s Planning & Development Agency; Patricia McCormack, Senior Citizen Liaison for Councilor Frank Baker; Julie Williamson, Standish Village Executive Director; Tadd Clelland, Senior Living Residences President & CEO; and Christopher Carter, Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ President & CEO

Photo 2 – The team at Standish Village poses with their Purple Flag along with Christopher Carter, President of Connecticut Assisted Living Association

Photo 3 –Christopher Carter (left), President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ presents Standish Village’s Purple Flag to Julie Williamson, Executive Director



Standish Village at Lower Mills offers local seniors service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss developed in affiliation with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. To learn more about the community, visit

To learn more about Standish Village and Senior Living Residences and for media inquiries, please contact Pam Maloney at [email protected].


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].


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