From left to right: Candace Cramer, President & CEO of Goddard House; State Representative Tommy Vitolo; News-Johanne Marcellus, Executive Director of Goddard House; Tadd Clelland, President & CEO of Senior Living Residences; and Chris Carter, President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ 

(BROOKLINE, MA, February 1st, 2024) – Goddard House, held a flag-raising ceremony today to celebrate receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. 

Purple Flag is a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) but has since expanded outside of CT. The program’s standards evaluate an organization’s capacity to provide collaborative care in a safe, functional and respectful environment, ensuring high-quality care and overall quality of life for residents. As part of the evaluation process, Goddard House had to demonstrate adherence to 60 best practice standards and training outlined by Purple Flag for services provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Goddard is the 11th provider in Massachusetts to achieve this accreditation. 

The flag-raising event provided an opportunity for the community’s associates, residents and family members to celebrate the milestone achievement. 

State Representative Tommy Vitolo, who serves on the Join Committee on Elder Affairs, spoke at the event, sharing a heartfelt story about his own family’s experience with memory loss. “Communities like these are important for residents and families alike,” shared Vitolo. “Critical for the older adults who’ve earned and deserve this care, and critical for their children and grandchildren who desperately want what’s best for their parents and grandparents. I’m grateful for the work Goddard House does every day.”

“We’re so proud to fly this flag at our community and be a partner in raising the standard of care for those with cognitive impairment,” said News-Johanne Marcellus, Goddard House’s Executive Director. “This accomplishment makes our commitment to innovation and excellence that much stronger. Together, I hope we can inspire others to join this movement and, as a result, raise the bar for what families can expect from a memory care provider.”

“Current and future residents, families and anyone interested in both the quality of care and quality of life provided here at Goddard House may be assured knowing that this community has achieved this very important milestone,” said Christopher Carter, President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™.