HERITAGE WOODS CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION’S PROJECT ECHO 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

AGAWAM, MA – (May 28, 2019) – Heritage Woods, a senior living community affiliated with Genesis HealthCare, today announced that it was chosen to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s second phase of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program.  The program is aimed at enhancing the care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in assisted living communities.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses video conferencing technology to connect with dementia care experts from assisted living communities across the United States.  Experts come together every other week for six months to learn, provide feedback, ask questions and share experiences.  Project ECHO originated in New Mexico in 2003 to train primary care providers in rural communities to treat patients with Hepatitis C. The goal was to provide guidance and support so that clinicians could treat their own patients who are experiencing complex conditions, while reducing the heavy workload on specialists. It is rooted in case-based learning that encourages collaboration, continual learning and applied practice. Since its inception, the model has been replicated in 35 countries to cover over 100 diseases and conditions. The Alzheimer’s Association is one of the first to utilize the model for long-term and community-based care to address dementia.

Similar to the pilot phase of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program, which concluded this past February, the second phase will consist of a six-month program which will explore topics within the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, released in 2018. The recommendations, developed by dementia care experts, define quality care across all care settings and throughout the disease course. The series will dive deep into the recommendation areas, using real-world cases to promote learning. Participants will have resources available to them throughout the series and will receive a certificate upon completion.

“We are honored to be chosen by the Alzheimer’s Association to participate in this exclusive project,” notes Theresa Bollea, Center Executive Director of Heritage Woods.  “Our Community is only one of eight assisted living communities nation-wide participating in the project.  We have been caring for residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementias for more than 20 years and are happy to lend our expertise to this worthy initiative.”

About Heritage Woods
Heritage Woods is an Assisted/Senior Living Community located in Agawam, MA. The Community offers residents a dynamic lifestyle that promotes mind, body and spirit wellness. Registered as an Eden Alternative community for longer than any other Assisted Living Community in the country, Heritage Woods' mission is to help its elders overcome loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. Residents enjoy private apartments, daily meals, personal care assistance and a wide array of social, educational and spiritual activities. Heritage Woods is also the first stand-alone Assisted Living Community in the nation to earn the Step II Quality Award from the American Healthcare Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

About Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is a holding company with subsidiaries that, on a combined basis, comprise one of the nation's largest post-acute care providers with more than 400 skilled nursing facilities and assisted/senior living communities in 29 states nationwide. Genesis subsidiaries also supply rehabilitation to approximately 1,200 healthcare providers in 46 states, the District of Columbia and China.  References made in this release to "Genesis," "the Company," "we," "us" and "our" refer to Genesis Healthcare, Inc. and each of its wholly-owned companies. Visit our website at www.genesishcc.com.

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