At Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. (CESI) a non-profit organization that provides community-based adult day health care programs, accreditation and providing quality clinical services go hand in hand. In February of 2022, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducted a relicensing review at CESI’s Arlington center and back in December 2021 CESI’s Acton center underwent its bi-annual relicensing review. The process involves site visits by DPH officials. Visits and review proceedings at both of CESI’s adult day health centers resulted in successful reports with zero deficiencies.
“The services offered by medical model ADH programs like ours are needed now more than ever. There hasn’t been a blueprint to guide us in these few years of the pandemic and new nationwide concerns for the health and safety of our participants. We’ve kept our mission and the people we serve at the forefront” said Erica Johnson, CESI’s Executive Director.
CESI’s mission is to empower seniors and adults with medical or cognitive challenges to age-in-place by serving their health and socialization needs and providing supports for families.
Erica and her leadership team at Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. work in thoughtful collaboration with Board members, staff, local community programs, hundreds of participants, their family members and caregivers. Success in leading CESI through one of the toughest years in its 43-year history comes from the organization’s strong history, experiences, constant and careful leadership listening, learning, experimenting and reassessing efforts on how to best serve the people who benefit from CESI programming. Passion and determination to deliver CESI’s mission is demonstrated in everything from advocacy work with partners at the Massachusetts Adult Day Services Association (MADSA), to time spent with each center’s clinical team, staff and participants, as well as presence in the communities served.
“CESI’s continued accreditation is a success especially as adult day health programs across the state struggle or have closed throughout the pandemic. CESI’s leader Erica Johnson and her team contributed greatly to State level advocacy efforts to increase awareness and funding for ADH programs, “ said Michele Keefe, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Adult Day Services Association (MADSA).
Please join us in celebrating the standard of excellence Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.’s centers have achieved, thanks to CESI’s leadership team, clinical team, and staff serving hundreds of older adult participants and their caregivers in Massachusetts.