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Dementia Care Center of Excellence

Award winning Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Dementia Care Center of Excellence is founded upon more than 30 years of experience in practical and innovative interventions creating deep organizational and cultural transformation and physical plant redesign to support the model.

We have built a national reputation as a dementia care expert and innovator in the dementia care space. In 1991, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network developed Woodside Place, one of the first residential personal care communities of its kind in the United States. Woodside Place was designed specifically to meet the physical, social and psychological needs of persons living with dementia and was based on a prototype facility developed in Birmingham, England. From its inception, Woodside Place challenged the traditional nursing home model of care of hierarchical staffing patterns, structured care and limited architectural modification with a new social model, a flexible care program and architectural innovation. Over 30 years later, the Woodside Place model remains relevant and has been replicated more than 100 times around the world.

Specialized dementia care helps with making aging easier® for people living with dementia. Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is known today as a Dementia Care Center of Excellence because of our ongoing pursuit of innovative dementia care approaches. Our Dementia Care Center of Excellence is founded upon research, physical settings with purpose-built features for individuals living with dementia, community and medical partnerships, evidence-based interventions and a steadfast commitment to team member skill development, both innovative as well as tried and true engagement approaches that support the individuals wherever they are in in their dementia journey.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network welcomes the opportunity to share our expertise in dementia care with your organization. Our experts are available to assist with strategic consultations, education, ongoing and limited engagements for other senior care providers nationally. Our experts in dementia care can equip your organization with the tools to provide best in class dementia care to improve the aging experience of the individual, maximize operational and quality outcomes for the organization and an innovative dementia care management model designed for independent and community-based living within the organization or in partnership with a payor. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about our services, please contact Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Dementia Care Center of Excellence at 412.435.2100 or email us at DementiaCareCOE@SrCare.org today.

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Tom York iN2L Lifetime Achievement Award

iN2L, established in 1999, is dedicated to providing engagement technology to older adults, especially individuals living with dementia.  The Tom York Lifetime achievement award was established in 2007 to honor one of the founders (Tom York) who passed away in 2004.  The award was established to honor individuals working in senior living communities who have creatively utilized the iN2L platform to improve the quality of life for the “greatest generation”.  The award has only been given to 6 individuals throughout the history of the company.

Innovation in Care through Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging

Transitions in care are always disruptive, but particularly for individuals living with dementia.   Hospitals engaged in this approach receive education about the value and meaning of the ‘Purple Bag”. Color-matched to honor Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, the Purple Bag accompanies individuals living with dementia when transfer to the hospital is necessary.  Inside the bag is information about the individual sharing individualized insight about anxiety inducing situations or distressed reaction triggers, but more importantly, techniques and approaches for successful de-escalation. Likes and dislikes are included as well as names, topics, words or phrases that may calm and comfort the resident.  This information is captured and is the first page, on yellow paper, of the paperwork accompanying the individual upon transition to the emergency department.  Packaged in a purple cinch bag, it is immediately recognizable to the hospital team as the resident comes through the door.  Hospital team members are educated to look for the yellow form as soon as they see the purple bag.

Innovation in Care through LeadingAge PA

Community-Based Dementia Training Modules were developed and offered through a Lunch and Learn series addressing topics in dementia care. The first participants in the education sessions were RNs in the hospital setting.  Other participants included the Quality Improvement team.  Using a pre-test and post- test tailored to each presentation we found that 100% of the participants improved their comfort level and competency when interacting with individuals living with dementia. This increase in competency and comfort level improves the likelihood of a better care experience for all residents living with a diagnosis of dementia when a transition in care is necessary.

Excellence in Dementia Care through LeadingAge

The LeadingAge Great Minds Excellence in Dementia Care Award recognizes an organization for creating programs or services that are models of excellence and contribute significantly to the quality of life of individuals living with dementia.  Presbyterian SeniorCare Network developed a residential dementia care community aimed at promoting self-care through non-invasive technology.

Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society’s Organization / Agency Award

Demonstrating significant contributions to the field of Therapeutic Recreation

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