Back in 2002, Homestead Village was initially accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. That process involved an exhaustive self-study and conformance with hundreds of standards. It was Homestead Village's first accreditation by an accrediting body. The very next year. CCAC merged into CARF and the process changed dramatically. Gone was the self-study aspect of the process, replaced with hundreds of additional stringent standards with which Homestead Village had to conform. Our re-accreditation in 2007 was a challenging process.
At at time when many other retirement communities were voluntarily giving up their accreditation, Homestead Village's Board voted unanimously to continue the accreditation process. In 2010, both Carol Carter, Executive Director of Homestead Village, and Douglas Motter, President pursued the training process to become CARF surveyors. Since that time, Carol and Doug have traveled around the country and to Canada to conduct accreditation surveys in a wide variety of health care organizations. As Homestead Village prepared for its second re-accreditation, its understanding of the process and scope was enhanced greatly by the many surveys Carol and Doug had conducted over the last three years.
Accreditation is a voluntary process involving a rigorous peer review process and demonstration to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that the organization is conforming to CARF–CCAC’s accreditation conditions and standards. An organization that earns CARF–CCAC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.
Accreditation is also a wonderful process that causes an organization to consider and address many standards, practices, policies and procedures that it would not focus on otherwise. The end result is an organization that is much better prepared to meet and even exceed the expectations and needs of its current and future persons served.