AFTER AN 18-MONTH-LONG implementation process, the Weston Assisted Living Residence, the assisted living residence at the Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany, has achieved accreditation from Comfort Matters®, an internationally recognized dementia care program, effective Aug. 1. The community, which comprises the Weston building and the Heller Independent Living Apartments, opened its Memory Care Suite last spring with 12 apartments in a supportive environment specializing in person-centered care. The management and caregiving teams started working with Comfort Matters in February 2017.
Lester Senior Housing is owned and managed by Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC). Weston is the first assisted living residence in New Jersey and the first Jewish community to hold this accreditation.
Comfort Matters® is a philosophy, care practice, and an evidence-based program which offers holistic and integrated approaches to improve the quality of care and quality of life for persons experiencing dementia. It was developed at Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix through nearly two decades of research around person-directed health-care practices and the latest science on supporting people who are living with dementia, including
“The team at the Weston Assisted Living Residence as well as JCHC leadership have worked diligently the past several months to enhance quality of life for people with dementia,” said Tena Alonzo, director of Comfort Matters®. “They have met and, in many cases, exceeded national standards for the Comfort Matters Dementia program, and are an inspiration of hope to their residents, their families, and the community.”
Lester Senior Housing administrator Marlene Glass led the in-house process for this accreditation. “There were many touchpoints involved throughout the past 18 months, including six-month reviews, coaching calls, questionnaires, data forms, and assessments regarding everything from care practices to meal choices, all to make sure our team was engaged actively in implementing the Comfort Matters philosophy,” she said.
Lester Senior Housing is located at 903-905 Route 10 East on the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus. For more information about Memory Care at Lester, visit jchcorp.org/memory-care-morris-county-nj/ or attend the open house on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3-5 p.m.; for reservations, contact David Rozen at firstname.lastname@example.org.