The Center for Excellence in Dementia Care represents a unique concept in a long term care setting. Based upon Phoebe’s century of excellence in caring for older adults and our extensive programs and services for individuals with dementia, Phoebe has developed a particular expertise in the area of dementia care. Our experience serves as inspiration for new innovations in dementia care under development by the CEDC. Our existing array of dementia care services and supports serve as our laboratory as we develop and test new models of care. Moreover, we hope that the communities we serve and the long term care industry will benefit as the CEDC succeeds in developing, demonstrating and implementing innovative dementia care practices and resources.
Phoebe has long held a commitment to excellence in dementia care, as evidenced by the broad array of services and supports offered to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) and their caregivers. This commitment was taken to a new level in 2012 when Phoebe launched the Center for Excellence in Dementia Care (CEDC).
Phoebe recognizes that the numbers of individuals affected by ADRD is growing at an exponential rate, affecting many of the individuals served in our continuing care retirement communities and our community based services. Moreover, dementia takes a significant toll on the physical and emotional well-being of the individuals affected and their loved ones. Phoebe’s Center for Excellence in Dementia Care is intended to assist and support those affected by dementia whom we already care for, as well as individuals in the broader community and those served in other long term care settings.
The Center for Excellence in Dementia Care has three overarching goals that guide its activity and development:
Phoebe Ministries operates seven dedicated memory support communities, all of which have achieved the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Excellence in Care distinction. To date, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded this distinction to 54 communities. Phoebe is the first organization in the country to achieve this distinction across all of its memory support communities. Phoebe was also the first organization in Pennsylvania to achieve this status, and currently operates seven of the fifteen communities statewide with the distinction.*
*As of March 2016