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Ten Years of Advancing Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) was an early pioneer in providing care and information for families dealing with the effects of dementia. More than four decades later, we continue to lead the way in Orange County with the only dementia-specific adult day health care facility available.

Since joining AFC as its CEO 10 years ago, Joanna Richardson-Jones has not only maintained the quality of care AFC is known for, but has enhanced and expanded the scope of services available as more has been understood about the diseases we help manage. AFC has made significant progress in bringing high quality dementia care services to families impacted by memory loss in Orange County. Here are some of the highlights of the past ten years:

  • From 2013- 2020, AFC saw a steady increase in the number of patients admitted to AFC. By 2020 when the COVID pandemic necessitated our closure, AFC was serving 220 unique patients.
  • For over six years, AFC has maintained its certification by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a “Dementia Program of Distinction” for excellence in care, the only program so honored in Orange County and one of only six in California.
  • Joanna created an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for patients with a dual diagnosis of dementia and an accompanying mental health disorder, the first program of its kind in the country. This unique program was named 2019 Program of the Year by the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare.
  • AFC was among the first adult day health care programs to close in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. During the Covid-19 lock-down, our staff responded by developing an innovative remote-care program for our patients and their caregivers – Center Without Walls –  that harnessed all the talents of our employees. During the ensuing 15 months, AFC provided services remotely to patients along with care packages, nursing assessments, counseling and more.
  • During the pandemic, Joanna ensured continued employment for AFC employees. Our turnover rate remains below 2%.
  • AFC has continued to add new program enhancements, including our very own robotic “staff member,” Robin the Robot.

 

Joanna Richardson-Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Family Center in Huntington Beach, California.

Throughout her tenure, Joanna has developed and maintained positive working relationships between AFC and Cal Optima, the Veteran’s Administration, Monarch Healthcare and other payors. In 2022, Joanna was named a Woman of Distinction by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.

We look forward to another ten years of incredible progress in serving families touched by memory loss in Orange County.

 

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