Huntington Beach, California — Students within the University at California, Irvine’s Public Health Department voted Alzheimer’s Family Center as the recipient of the department’s 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Practicum Site Award.
“I want to thank all the UCI students who have interned with us this year,” stated AFC’s Chief Executive Officer Joanna Richardson-Jones. “Treating patients with memory impairment can be a very difficult task and it warms our hearts to know that these students appreciate our work and mission. We are happy to learn that they valued the quality of the mentorship and practicum experiences received from our amazing staff.”
Alzheimer’s Family Center has been serving the community for 40 years and is the only Adult Day Care center in Orange County dedicated to patients with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The team is passionate about filling patient’s days with hope, encouragement and healthy activities, while their caregiver can get some respite during the day.
The center is proud to work with close to 300 students every year from local schools and colleges such as UCI.
About Alzheimer’s Family Center
Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 40-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.
Recent studies show that AFC makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its patients. Our patients experience over 50% fewer falls and a 33% reduction in emergency room visits within 12 months of enrollment in AFC’s programs. As a result, AFC family caregivers find the responsibilities of caregiving to be more manageable when their loved ones are home, away from the center. AFC also provides family caregivers with support and referrals to manage the medical, emotional, and financial challenges of caring for a memory-impaired loved one.