Maplewood at Stony Hill Awarded CALA’s Third Purple Flag for Dementia Care Accreditation

On Thursday, July 29, The Connecticut Assisted Living Association recognized Maplewood at Stony Hill with the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation at their community located in Bethel, Connecticut. This is the third accreditation CALA has awarded with the first being made to McLean in February of 2020 and the second being awarded to Masonicare at Ashlar Village this past February. 

To achieve accreditation, Maplewood at Stony Hill underwent the rigorous application process, which consists of an audit, the implementation of 10 themed procedures, and Purple Flag for Dementia Care’s 60 practice recommendations. By doing so, Maplewood at Stony Hill has demonstrated compliance with performance standards to enhance the quality of services provided to their residents who live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 

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Amy Silva-Magalhaes, Senior VP of Community Operations, Maplewood

“We are honored to have earned accreditation to fly the Purple Flag at Maplewood at Stony Hill,” said Maplewood’s Senior VP of Community Operations, Amy Silva-Magalhaes. “The process allowed us to further educate our teams on resident-based policies and procedures. We know that we are offering our residents a higher quality of life in addition to investing in our dedicated staff. Adding this accolade to our only memory care community in Connecticut has given our teams tremendous pride.” 

The Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Governance Committee has been hard at work recently to generate awareness and growth of the accreditation. With the addition of Maplewood at Stony Hill as an accredited community, not only does it recognize the quality-of-care their residents receive, but it also adds another well-respected community as a credible advocate of the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ program. 

“CALA is pleased to announce Maplewood at Stony Hill has successfully fulfilled the requirements of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation,” said CALA CEO, Christopher Carter. “With this accreditation, CALA honors the first proprietary, multi-site and multi-state senior living provider to receive Purple Flag accreditation in a memory care specific setting. Congratulations Maplewood at Stony Hill for demonstrating excellence in memory care!” 

Left to right: George Prouty, CALA Board Secretary; Amy Silva-Magalhaes, Maplewood Senior Living, CALA Board Member; Eileen Duggan, Maplewood Senior Living; Alexis Hutcheon, Maplewood Senior Living; Christopher Carter, CALA President

Earlier this year, CALA announced the launch of the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ website where people can go to learn more about the accreditation and Purple Flag mission. With the addition of accredited community Maplewood of Stony Hill, CALA expects that Purple Flag will continue to grow in and outside the state of Connecticut. Several other Purple Flag applications are currently pending, and CALA expects to award additional flags later this year. You can learn more about the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation by visiting

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is an accreditation program developed to recognize excellence and drive continuous improvement in the quality of services delivered by providers and their staffs who care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ was developed in collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE), the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) and the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter in an advisory capacity. Upon accreditation, providers receive the distinctive purple flag as a symbol that communicates to the general public and consumers their commitment to leadership in the area of memory care. 


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