The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has announced that Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has earned AFA’s “Excellence in Care (EIC) Dementia Care Program of Distinction.” Dementia care settings are eligible to achieve this national recognition after successfully undergoing an extensive evaluation of staff, procedures, and environment, ensuring best practices in dementia care.
“Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace has demonstrated an ability to raise the bar on dementia care,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of AFA. “We are proud to recognize them with the Excellence in Care distinction and look forward to their continued commitment to serving their community.”
To earn this distinction, EIC sites must meet certain standards set forth by AFA focusing on the following three areas: facilitating meaningful living, promoting safety and security in the environment, and overall health and wellness of the care community being serviced. Assisted living residences, skilled nursing facilities, continuing care residential communities, adult day programs, group homes, and senior centers that provide care to individuals living with dementia are eligible to participate in AFA’s Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction.
Natalie McFarland, BSN, RN, Executive Director for Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, said “It is such an honor to receive this recognition that highlights the love and degree of thoughtfulness that has gone into our community and our great efforts in helping make life better for those living with dementia.”
Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace is a memory care facility and a dementia care home designed for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias and managed by a team of memory care experts. They offer a variety of respite care programs, activities and tools to stimulate healthy brain function. They provide dementia care support for family members, including support groups, caregiver skills workshops, personal consultations, and educational events and seminars.
Molly Fisher, LCSW, AFA’s Director of Educational and Social Services, said “Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace exemplifies the qualities AFA looks for in awarding EIC distinction: an educated staff, safe environment, and ability to focus on the unique and individualized needs of each individual living with the illness.”
For more information about Terra Vista, visit www.terravista.org.
For more information on AFA’s Excellence in Care program, visit www.alzfdn.org.
About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals.