Bennington Project Independence Inc
Rating: 4.92 stars 12 12 reviews 739
614 Harwood Hill Road Bennington VT 05201 USA
Mission:to provide safe, caring and exceptional adult day care and health rehabilitation services. These services will offer meaningful, individually tailored programs and care designed to enhance the dignity, independence, joy and quality of life of older persons, younger adults with disabilities, provide support and respite for their families and caregivers and serve as an informational resource for our communitiesvision:to provide care options for individuals and families facing the challenges of aging and or disability
Services: building we continue to raise funds to address the lower level of the building to create a larger activity area for our participants and allow the entire building to be utilized in the event of a local emergency. The dr. Richard a. Sleeman center is pleased to be designated as a red cross shelter for bennington county adult day service personnelhaving the right staff is critical to the success of our adult day program. Families entrust the care of their loved ones to bennington project independence every day. Our staff tend to become an extension of family for many of our participants and their family caregivers. Bpi's staff includes and executive director who is qualified as an activity consultant; certified and masters level expressive arts therapist; an administrative coordinator who is also our webmaster, a membership coordinator, a licensed marriage and family counselor and certified art therapist; an activity coordinator who is a certified activity director and personal trainer; activity assistants, licensed nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, a registered nurse, van drivers, a nutrition manager and cook, a part-time facilities manager, a part-time housekeeper and part-time development specialist. Our staff is supplemented by assistance from a consulting bookkeeper, a certified public accountant, a music therapist and a yoga therapist. In 2012-2013, bpi had over 319 volunteers who donated countless hours of service to our participants and our program. Bpi takes pride in its excellent staff-to-participant ratio and the personalization of all aspects of care and service. With our new, expanded adult day care and day health rehabilitation facility, bpi's staffing needs have also increased. This has created more jobs for the local economy. We knew that with the facility expansion our personnel budget would need to increase also. Bpi has historically had an excellent history of long term staff retention. Multiple staff members have been with bpi 20 years or more. Staff are not just hired, they are added to our "bpi family" it generally takes about a year to truly learn the intricacies of the job and the philosophic operation of our organization. All of our staff members are extremely caring, dedicated professionals who are cross trained to provide the utmost in flexibility and service provision for our participants and their families. With the new building as a substantial resource and with its professional and compassionate staff, bennington project independence continues its proud tradition of helping families share the care.
health services: kitchensin designing our new adult day center, the provision of fresh, high quality meals for our participants was paramount. Many of our participants are no longer able to prepare their own meals and have nutritional issues that can affect their health. The food we serve for lunch at bpi may be the only well-balanced meal some of our participants have each day. Bpi has a full-featured, modern commercial kitchen. We received design recommendations from several accomplished local chefs and restauranteurs. The result is an efficient and modern kitchen capable of feeding not only our participants but of serving several hundreds of people should our facility ever need to be used as an emergency shelter for our community. Bpi has an amazing nutrition manager who understands the unique dietary needs of older persons and younger adults with disabilities. She is committed to making well balanced, nutritious, home-cooked meals and healthy snacks. She works closely with our activity program to ensure that our meals dovetail with the activity themes of the day. They complement each other beautifully and provide a flavorful addition. Besides the full commercial kitchen, bpi included a full residential-style kitchen that is completely handicapped accessible. The counters and sink can accommodate participants in wheelchairs. An induction cooktop was included to ensure the utmost in participant and staff safety in cooking. The country kitchen was designed to promote independence and safety. Our participants enjoy relearning or polishing up their cooking skills. Our homey country kitchen is a delightful place for our participants to relish the joys of home cooking and a place to share family memories and recipes. Having our own kitchen has been an incredibly positive addition to the services and comprehensive care that we are able to provide for our participants. Bpi is a congregate meals site where the public can make a reservation to enjoy lunch at the richard a. Sleeman center. Exercise the exercise program at bennington project independence is part of a larger initiative to ensure that bennington project independence is a resource for the entire community. This can be seen in the strength and balance class that is a free fitness class for the community conducted weekly at the dr. Richard a. Sleeman center. Though the original focus was for persons with parkinson's disease, it has evolved into a popular option and enhancement to bone builders classes for adults in the community.
transportation:a major factor in the success of bpi's adult day program is the ability to provide our own personalized door-through-door transportation for our participants and families utilizing our own handicapped accessible vehicles. Our small fleet of three lift-equipped vehicles allows our expert transportation staff to be flexibly responsive to ever-changing participant, family caregiver and in-home service provider needs and schedules. Our highly trained drivers are sensitive to the needs of older and/or disabled persons. They are trained in passenger assistance, cpr and first aid. They provide a vital, personal connection between family caregivers and bpi. Our vehicles provide service for participants and families in the greater bennington and southshire area. We work with the local public transit provider, the green mountain express (gmc), to facilitate transportation for participants and families in the northshire area. This collaboration provides a hybrid of public and private service to ensure that everyone has access to safe and reliable transportation to and from our adult day program.
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We could not be more fortunate to have BPI available for my father on a weekly basis!! It is just so great for him to get out and enjoy the company of others!! Thank you for everything and keep up the good work!!!!
Several years ago, I was trying to care for my disabled husband and keep my job, and I could not have done it without BPI. They always tried to have activities that would be varied enough to appeal to different groups. The nursing staff kept up with breathing difficulties, mobility problems, and diabetes. The bus drivers were very helpful, even stopping the lift so his grandchild could give him a kiss goodbye. I attended the caregiver support meetings, and it really helps to know that others are having the same feelings as you. Now I am retired, and can no longer support BPI as I used to, I have become a member of the Board of Directors
My mother, who had Alzheimer's Disease, attended BPI after she came to live with me and my husband. BPI was a life-saver. The wonderful care she received there made it possible for her to remain with us for three years. Every participant is treated with dignity and warmth no matter what their disability is. Its state-of-the-art facility is an added plus.
Bennington Project Independence is a wonderful place! My grandmother went to BPI for many years. Through all the stages of her Alzheimer's disease, BPI was wonderful, you could see the happiness in my nana's face when she would arrive at BPI with Pat greeting her every morning. BPI is a big part of why my Nana could be at home with my Gramp until she passed. (Which is what Nana wanted) They not only helped my Nana but they were there for my family . I cannot say enough about Bennington Project Independence and the staff that works there. They care about the people and their families. You cannot find a better place than Bennington Project Independence!!
My mother hd Alzheimer's Disease for 13 years. She lived home with my dad, and he was her primry caregiver. He also was very involved in our community through church, the rescue squad, and volunteering at a local elementary school. Mom attended BPI for eight years, where she lovingly received care. This allowed my dad to have his days free to maintain his active retirement, giving him the respite he needed and peace of mind that mom was well cared for. BPI played an integral roll in allowing my dad to be able to keep mom home, where she passed away eleven years ago. He would not have been able to do it without this wonderful agency.
Bennington Project Independence is not your typical adult day service. It is a second home. It became apparent that my 90yo ma needed supervision while my husband and I were at work. The staff is wonderful and very attentive. There is so much to do during the day. They even take short trips to the park, ice cream or shopping. When possible they have singers come in. They also open certain days up for family and friends to join in such as Country Day (where my ma helped with the decorations) or Christmas Holiday party. Then fun never ends with a great blend of the normal bingo (prizes inc.) to Wii along with exercise and brain games. There is a salon where you can book a hairdresser or barber to come in. This group of professionals could not be more loving or attentive. I wish they were open on the weekend for times when my husband and I would love to take in a movie. I feel very secure leaving my ma in their hands.
BPI does a wonderful job! They are caring and considerate of the needs of their participants! They also provide delicious meals!
BPI has a caregivers' group for those of us caring for seriously ill and dying family members. It meets once a month.
It was my life line while my husband and I dealt with his emphysema . The group shared and laughed and cared and considered. The leader was our facilitator, letting us all talk, knowing about resources and how to navigate the system to help us give the care we wanted to give. I would walk into a meeting despairing and come away with courage and understanding.
Today, 3 years after my husband's death, I can go back to the group and share. If I see members around town we stop for meaningful conversation, supporting each other. The group also helped me process what was happening so that I could be useful to others .
Warm, experienced, comforting staff. Excellent food. Options for stimulating or restful activities. And the nicest physical amenities, inside and out.
As a physician in my community, I am intimately aware of the various burdens families face in caring for elderly and debilitated loved ones. I was so impressed with the quality of service that our local adult day center, Bennington Project Independence, provides for its praticipants and their families, that I have become an active Board Member and Medical Advisor. The executive director and staff are extremely capable and professional, and are responsive to the changing needs of their participants and their families. They recently renovated an old farmhouse and grounds into a state-of-the-art facility, and are a model for adult day services everywhere.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
patient referrals and seeing the benefits for my patients and their families
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
expand the number of participants and staff