The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA), which serves Wilton, is the winner of the Visiting Nurses of New England Innovator Award for 2015 for its Memory Matters dementia program.

The criteria for the innovator award is an improvement to, or the introduction of, a service or process that reduces patient costs, improves patient care quality or outcomes, or improves access to appropriate patient care services.

Memory Matters was developed in the fall of 2014. According to a press release, it “uses RVNA skilled clinicians to perform multi-disciplinary patient assessments and to develop individualized, patient-focused care plans, identifying what these patients are able to do instead of what they cannot do and determining how their care can be delivered most effectively. These assessments are performed by RVNA registered nurses; speech and occupational therapists and medical social workers.”

The RVNA offers nursing, rehabilitation therapies, social work services, disease management, an aging-in-place program, a travel health specialist, immunization and vaccination clinics, and educational and wellness programs.