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The Birches Receives Its Fifth Alzheimer’s Foundation of America “Excellence in Care” Distinction

Jacqueline M. Sander

Jacqueline M. Sander

Jacqueline Sander is the Executive Director & Partner of The Birches Assisted Living. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Administration from NIU, which helped her skillfully guide The Birches community through the extreme times of the pandemic. Jacqueline is passionate about keeping up with various industry trends, advocating for and applying best practices in senior living as an active LeadingAge Assisted Living Cabinet member. She values providing an atmosphere of growth and opportunity for all individuals regardless of age or ability, being a preferred provider of quality care, and putting The Birches at the forefront of industry trends. She is proud of helping The Birches become the first certified Montessori Inspired Lifestyle community in Illinois and being an active Chamber Board Member to support small businesses and help them thrive.

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At The Birches, we strive to achieve the highest standards of care in our assisted living and memory care facilities.

So, we’re excited to be once again honored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) with its 2023 “Excellence in Care (EIC) Dementia Care Program of Distinction.” 

This is the fifth consecutive time the Birches has received this national recognition for its memory care services and the first time for its assisted living communities.

AFA’s EIC designation is highly sought after and is bestowed annually on only those dementia care facilities that pass a rigorous review and evaluation of staff, procedures, resident care standards, and environment.

EIC-awarded facilities are considered to hold the highest commitment to memory care and assisted living residents and ensure the very best practices in dementia care.

AFA EIC sites must meet highly specific care standards in three areas:

  • Facilitating meaningful living
  • Promoting safety and security in the environment
  • Protecting the overall health and wellness of the care community being serviced  

“We are proud and humbled to be awarded this honor,” said Jacqueline M. Sander, Executive Director of the Birches. “Our highly tenured and compassionate senior care team is amongst the best out there. We are dedicated to providing exceptional, individualized care to help maximize the quality of life, support, and peace of mind for our assisted living and memory care residents and their families.”


The Birches offers assisted living and memory care for older adults to help them pursue a fulfilling lifestyle. Facilities provide personalized support, including transportation to shopping, social and cultural events, and medical appointments; professional care; intentional and purposeful programming; and multiple resident-driven committees and clubs.

The Birches’ memory care sites leverage innovative approaches and technology to address cognitive and social needs, safety, and family connection while ensuring residents’ dignity and independence. The Birches Assisted Living is the only Certified Montessori-Inspired Lifestyle® senior living community in Illinois.

To learn more about the Birches, call (630) 789-1135 or contact us.

For more information on AFA’s EIC program and Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving support, visit or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.