LONGMEADOW – Glenmeadow, Inc. has been re-accredited as a continuing care retirement community for a fourth time by the nation’s only accrediting body for such communities, joining the less than 15 percent around the country that achieve this milestone.
The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), acquired by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 2003 and known in the industry as CARF-CCAC, is the only nationally-recognized organization that evaluates and accredits continuing care retirement communities. Its accreditation of Glenmeadow extends through 2020; Glenmeadow first received accreditation from CARF-CCAC in 2001.
“We are very proud to have earned accreditation,” said Timothy V. Cotz, Glenmeadow president and chief executive officer. “This represents a team effort, involving staff, residents and board members.”
Cotz said Glenmeadow voluntarily applied for re-accreditation and participated in a rigorous self-study, on-site evaluation and in-depth review by CCAC-CARF. The process took nearly a year to complete.
Highlighting the survey team’s findings, Brian J. Boon, CARF-CCAC president and chief executive officer, said, “Glenmeadow is led by a strong and dedicated board of directors that is very active and involved in the community and has a strong commitment of service to the persons served. In addition, the organization is managed by a seasoned and compassionate leadership team. The CEO demonstrated the exceptional ability to interact with residents, families, staff at all levels and the board.”
CARF-CCAC said an organization receiving a five-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that it meets standards of excellence in three critical areas: resident life, health and wellness; financial resources and disclosure; and governance and administration.
In its survey summary, CARF-CCAC noted, “There is a strong sense of satisfaction throughout the organization, making it an exciting place to live and work. The staff and persons served take great pride in their community, and the relationships with each other foster a culture of trust and acceptance.”
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited continuing care retirement community. It provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and offers at-home services throughout greater Springfield.
The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) was founded in 1985 as the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities and similar organizations. In 2003, CCAC merged with CARF, a nonprofit accreditor founded in 1966 that serves a wide range of human service organizations.
For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org. For more information about Glenmeadow, visit glenmeadow.org. Featured image courtesy of Gleanmeadow Retirement on Facebook.