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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 13, 2009

Alzheimer’s Foundation Awards ‘Excellence in Care’ Status to Juniper Village at Aurora

NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction” status to Juniper Village at Aurora Wellspring Memory Care Community, a continuum of care community in Aurora, CO that provides care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Juniper is the first facility in the Southwest and the 13 th in the nation to earn this distinction after meeting AFA’s set of comprehensive standards that reflect what AFA believes are the essential components of any quality dementia care program.

Excellence in Care is a voluntary program designed for dementia care programs at assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, continuum of care residential communities and adult day programs. About 70 AFA-trained Excellence in Care specialists nationwide conduct on-site evaluations and work side-by-side with facilities to comply with the standards and for ongoing performance improvement. The rigorous evaluation includes assessing a setting’s physical environment, safety procedures, program activities, staff-client interaction and staff training.

“Awarding this distinction to Juniper Village at Aurora acknowledges its outstanding commitment to quality care. It is our hope that the community’s expertise, best practices and efforts to go the extra mile serve as a model for others,” said Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of AFA, a national non-profit organization based in New York.

Jenny Graham, executive director at Juniper Village at Aurora, called it an “incredibly proud moment” when the staff learned that the community had received Excellence in Care status.

“It affirmed that with a commitment by staff to excellence and the Juniper Communities Wellspring Path training, which teaches our staff—from the aides and chefs to the administrators—how to work in a memory care environment, we can provide the best possible care for memory challenged residents,” she said.

Juniper Village at Aurora provides a continuum of care to 52 residents with dementia. It is part of Juniper Communities, which owns and operates long-term care communities in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and offers a signature program called Alive in All Seasons that focuses on residents’ wellness in mind, body and spirit.

Currently, more than a dozen facilities nationwide are undergoing the Excellence in Care process.

AFA developed Excellence in Care with input from the Avila Institute of Gerontology, an AFA member organization, as well as other AFA members, national organizations and industry experts. For more information, visit www.excellenceincare.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 950 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484