Focus on the Important Issues
Consumers and their families are taking more responsibility for managing their healthcare options and which providers they select. It is important to determine what issues are the most important.
The following are some general categories to consider:
Asking questions and spending time on site with potential providers can give you a valuable experience regarding the service offerings being considered.
Before making your appointment, you may want to check online to see what health inspection results, quality information, and general consumer comments are available through your health department.
If possible, it is best to sample the services provided before making a long-term commitment. Many residential communities have visitors quarters, or respite care available, that can provide you and your family an opportunity to sample their services.
Issues to Consider
First Impressions Count
Upon entering the provider’s facility, look around. You can begin to evaluate the service levels provided by using some of the following questions:
Understand the Services
Know the Choices
Our Accrediting Body
Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of aging services, behavioral health, child and youth services, durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, employment and community services, medical rehabilitation, and opioid treatment programs.
The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 43,000 programs at more than 19,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and South America. More than 7.1 million persons of all ages are served annually in CARF-accredited programs.
The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1985 as the nation's only accreditor of continuing care retirement communities and aging services networks. CARF acquired CCAC in 2003.
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