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Bennington Project Independence Inc

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124 Pleasant St Bennington VT 05201 USA

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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

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bennington Project Independence provides services to adults in a caring and beautiful setting. The dedicated staff is well trained and treats clients with dignity and sensitivity. The facility is second to none; the activities are boundless; but the real value is that caregivers can get relief, while the clients get the benefit of socialization and activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I started out as a volunteer, playing Santa during the Holiday season. I experienced first hand the care and attention the staff gave clients and soon found myself wanting to be more involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No organizational changes are necessary, however in a perfect world this organization would have sufficient funds to do so much more.

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

Bennington Project Independence is a state of the art adult day service/rehab facility. Located in a converted historic barn just a mile out of downtown, we are a comfortable, bright, safe, caring place for loved ones whose family members need day services in order to work themselves. I used to volunteer at BPI occasionally, and upon my partial retirement and when an opportunity came to serve on the Board of Directors, I jumped at the chance. I am so proud to be involved with this facility and its amazing staff. A participant once told me that she loved coming to BPI and when I asked her why she told me that it was the first time in years that she felt safe. We offer so much. Of course things like medication, meals, exercise, and what you would normally expect, but at such a high and competent level. The view from the many windows and porch is truly amazing. There is always a group discussing current events or constructing a puzzle or cooking or doing crafts or talking to the two parakeets, and on and on. From the moment you step in the door and are greeted by someone at the front desk, you know you are someplace special and that is proven time and again by the smiles on the faces of everyone there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

countless ways, first as a community member, then as a volunteer, and now for the last two years as a board member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

only wish for more money to continue what we have so successfully begun.

 
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