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The Atrium at Cardinal Drive Again Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

AGAWAM — The Atrium at Cardinal Drive, a Benchmark Mind & Memory Care community, has ranked among the best assisted-living with memory care communities in Massachusetts and the entire U.S. for the second straight year. In U.S. News & World Report’s third annual Best Senior Living ratings, the community was selected following a comprehensive resident and family member survey. The Atrium is the only assisted-living community in Agawam to have earned this prestigious award.

The Atrium achieved the highest possible rating for memory care. Respondents gave the community high marks in critical areas such as overall value, management and staff, resident enrichment, dining and food, safety, transportation, maintenance, housekeeping, and location.

Forty-four Benchmark communities throughout the Northeast received a total of 62 U.S. News awards, the highest number achieved since the program’s inception.

“Our communities are continually pursuing excellence, so it’s exciting to see their hard work and dedication reflected in the highest numbers of Benchmark awards earned to date,” said Tom Grape, founder, chairman, and CEO of Benchmark. “Really getting to know our residents and providing experiences that nurture connections and enhance quality of life is one of the many ways we stand apart, and we’re excited to see that commitment validated, once again, by our residents and their families.”

The Atrium’s award-winning Mind & Memory Care program offers carefully created living environments and unique opportunities for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia to find joy in each day. Residents are supported 24/7 by care providers who have been hired for heart and trained in memory loss, communication, and empathy. Neighborhoods provide the comforts of home and have unique features that help those with memory impairment prosper. Thoughtful touches, visual cues, and purposeful amenities further promote familiarity and wellness.

“Our associates are really committed to caring for our residents like they would their own family members, and we are thrilled that our dedication has been recognized by an industry leader like U.S. News,” said Liz Skerry-Hastings, executive director of the Atrium at Cardinal Drive. “Whether it’s the personalized care we provide or engaging programs that keep our residents connected, each and every day, we strive to be the absolute best.”