Check for Accreditation
You’ll find you have many challenging choices to make from countless senior living providers. But all life plan communities are not created equally. It is important to do your homework and make sure that your new home will have the right designations and credentials to ensure quality and reliability. There are three important designations to understand.
No provider can operate without first obtaining a license, which requires passing an inspection by a regulatory agency. Usually the state board or a professional college set rules and requirements for operation.
Certification usually addresses points such as business licenses, staff background checks, accounting procedures, and insurance coverage.
In addition to meeting state and federal licensing and certification requirements, many communities voluntarily go through a rigorous accreditation process. Only after a provider demonstrates certain standards and can prove positive outcomes can accreditation be designated by an outside third party. Trained professionals visit communities to observe and interview residents, family members, staff, and the board. Accredited organizations are required to demonstrate strategic and ethical business practices and positive community engagement and influence.
Accreditation by a reputable independent, nonprofit accreditor such as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) assures that public that the community has made a commitment to quality and continuous improvement of services. CARF accreditation means the organization's focus is on the person's served.
We are pleased to say that Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, has been an accredited provider since we opened our doors in 2001.