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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging is a community partner with Bennington Project Independence (BPI) to provide services and supports to elders in Bennington County. The Council is proud to rate BPI five "plus" stars for the outstanding service they provide as an adult day care facility. In fact, BPI should be the model throughout the country as to what an adult day care facility should be. Their varied, engaging and participatory daily activities are amazing to see, and their facility is "state of the art" when it comes to providing adult day care services, nutritious meals and wellness activities. Bennington County is extremely fortunate to have such a healthcare option for elders and younger disabled individuals living in the Bennington area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would recommend Bennington Project Independence Inc (BPI) to anyone. I did an internship at BPI and was overwhelmed with the compassion and knowledge that the staff has to offer our loved ones. While doing my internship I was able to witness first hand what this program has to offer. In my current job I refer several of my clients to the agency. The agency has so many different things to offer your loved one. They have coffee time, they also do physical and cognitive activities. They also have art classes and take day trips to local attractions such as the apple barn and this is just a few the things they offer our loved ones. I am proud to say my grandmother attends BPI and has made so many new friends and the staff is amazing with her. From the time your loved one arrives until the time they leave the staff treats them like family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a psychologist and I have referred several of my clients, who were disabled, to BPI over the last few years who needed more support during the day. The staff were wonderful and communicated well with me, and the feedback I got from my clients was very positive. They enjoyed the opportunity for increased social contacts and activities that were offered. It is a blessing to have this organization in our small community - it is a much needed resource!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bennington Project Independence (BPI) is an essential service to the Bennington Community. It consistently successfully supports people in maintaining their independence and health over time. The services provided by BPI are high quality, customer focused and addressing the Triple Aim: Improve the health of the population; improve the person experience and reduce medical care costs. BPI is part of the community "Building a Healthy Bennington"

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Bennington Project Independence is an amazing, caring, holistic and beautiful sanctuary. From the care and thoughtfulness that has gone into its creation, the services and breath of their offerings, to the dedicated, kind and professional staff - It is a treasure Bennington is fortunate to have.

There are very few if any, adult day care centers like this. For any adult living with a disability, for any senior isolated and alone, for caregivers needing a day or a few hours respite, for older adults wanting companionship, fun, and or an extra hand, it is a refuge.

BPI and it's board are devoted to it's community and participants, and Bennington and it's surrounding areas are blessed to have this option few will ever know.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for VCIL, a disability rights and advocacy organization. BPI is an extremely valuable resource for me in that they are able to lend out durable medical equipment (walkers, canes, etc.) for people I work with who only need that equipment while they're recovering. This means that they do not have to purchase the equipment which they won't need long term, saving both the individual and the health care system as a whole money. This is extremely helpful to me in fulfilling my organization's mission of helping to foster independence.

The membership coordinator goes above and beyond when working with people who are potentially interested in the program to make them comfortable about coming and seeing what it's all about. The whole staff practices person-centered approach that recognizes that each person has a specific set of needs, wants and comfort zone and works individually with folks to make sure their needs are met. I am very impressed with the quality of their engagement with their clients.

Trudie2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Gloria41

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!