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Baton Rouge Adult Day Center Receives ‘Excellence in Dementia Care’ Status

NEW YORK, NY - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded its “Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction” status to Charlie’s Place of Baton Rouge, LA for achieving AFA’s national standard of excellence for facilities that provide care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses.

Charlie’s Place, an adult day center operated by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, is the first dementia care setting in Louisiana and the 14 th in the nation to earn this distinction. AFA believes its comprehensive set of standards reflect the essential components of quality dementia care.

“Receiving the Excellence in Care Distinction lets us know that we are living up to our high standards; it is affirmation that we are an organization to be followed,” said Barbara Auten, executive director of Charlie’s Place. “To our clients, this recognition means they can trust us to have high quality Alzheimer’s care.”

Charlie’s Place is a social model adult day program that provides cognitive stimulation and social interaction daily to 15 individuals in the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Open since October 2007, the home-like center was designed with attention to color schemes and a layout conducive for individuals with the brain disorder. It features a living room, a therapeutic memory garden and a large kitchen where home-style meals are served. Activities include gardening, reminiscing, music therapy and pet therapy, as well as field trips and community service projects based on a person’s cognitive abilities.

In announcing the award, Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO, said: “Charlie’s Place should take great pride in knowing that it is providing its community with exceptional care worthy of the Excellence in Care distinction. It is the level of care that all individuals with dementia deserve and that all facilities should strive to achieve.”

Introduced in 2006, Excellence in Care is a voluntary program in which AFA-trained Excellence in Care specialists conduct on-site evaluations and work side-by-side with dementia care settings nationwide to comply with its standards and for ongoing performance improvement. The evaluation includes assessing a setting’s physical environment, safety procedures, program activities, and training for staff and families.

For more information, visit 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 1,200 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 helpline, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484