Briarfield Communities Among Ohio’s Top 20

AUSTINTOWN – Briarfield Health Care Centers begins 2020 with a new slogan and marketing campaign through Prodigal Co. that reflects the company’s values and commitment to the community: “Compassion with a Local Touch.”

At the start of 2019, Briarfield opened memory care at its Boardman assisted living center, The Inn at Walker Mill. The 18-suite community, Journeys at Walker Mill, is a secure environment for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. 

“Journeys implements a person-centered approach to care which allows our team to focus on each individual’s needs and preferences,” says Amanda Rivera, executive director. “I want the residents to experience worry-free living because my staff understands the dementia journey and its ever-changing needs.”

In recognition and appreciation of caregivers at Briarfield, last year the company and the Youngstown State University Foundation announced a new scholarship. Ed and Diane Reese, CEO and president of Briarfield, respectively, established the Watson-Reese Briarfield Scholarship with Ellen Tressel and Janet Stephens, daughters of the late Frank and Norma Watson, who were residents of Briarfield Manor and longtime supporters of Youngstown State University. 

Recipients must be direct caregiver employees of Briarfield or a direct lineal descendant of a Briarfield employee who is enrolled full- or part-time at YSU.

“Our employees are truly difference makers. It is our family’s intention with this matching gift to now be difference makers to our employees and their families,” says Diane Reese.

Also in 2019, two Briarfield locations, The Inn at Ironwood and The Inn at Poland Way, were named in top- 20 senior living communities in the state by the Ohio Department of Aging’s Family Satisfaction Survey. The Inn at Ironwood is a 64-unit assisted living residence in Canfield. The Inn at Poland Way in Poland is a 64-unit assisted living residence with an additional 25 memory care suites. 

“Two of our communities being named in the top 20 wouldn’t be possible without our staff and residents and the support of our families,” says Ed Reese. 

The rankings resulted from an anonymous survey that asked a family member, friend or guardian of each resident about his perception of the assisted living in the following categories: care and services, caregivers, environment, culture, meals and dining, moving in and spending time. 

Briarfield Health Care Centers, established in 2003 and based in Austintown, employs 600.

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