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Accreditation. What does really it mean?
Look for accreditation as a sign on quality when searching for short-term rehab or long-term care

Your mom is in the hospital recovering from an illness, or maybe it's you and you are going in for outpatient surgery. How important is it that the hospital is accredited for excellence in quality? The answer is likely, "pretty important."  So what about a long-term care organization - wouldn't the same standards apply?

Accreditation is a sign of quality. That's why Presbyterian SeniorCare Network seeks accreditation from an outside, objective source. This means that anyone we serve is assured that the services they receive from our organization meet the highest standards. So what do we use as our judge? CARF.

CARF stands for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and is an international, independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. We have voluntarily pursued CARF accreditation since 2006 in an effort to ensure consumers that we are committed to meeting international standards of service quality and customer satisfaction – think of it almost like the 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.' It is a symbol of quality credentialed by an independent source that consumers can trust.

Recently, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network became one of the first aging services providers in the country to achieve CARF accreditation in six areas.

First, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network was awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation for meeting the "Network" standards for senior services and living options. In fact, we were the first in PA to be accredited under CARF's new Network standards, which were updated to evaluate how well integrated a Network is in providing the highest quality of services to persons served. A Network is comprised of two or more entities that excel in providing services to consumers and offer value in choice, coordination of care, and efficiency of service delivery.

Secondly, we also achieved accreditation in five additional program areas certified by CARF:

  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
  • Assisted Living
  • Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities
  • Home and Community Services
  • Dementia Care Specialty Program

When it comes to choosing an aging services provider, look for the CARF seal of accreditation. It's a mark of quality you can trust.

To learn more about Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, visit www.SrCare.org or call 877-PSC-6500.


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