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Did you know that only 16 percent of all Continuing Care Retirement Communities are accredited?

Organizations that seek accreditation strive to improve performance and consistently pursue excellence. When exploring retirement community options, accreditation is an important seal of approval to look for.

“We wouldn’t go to a hospital that isn’t accredited or send our children to a college that wasn’t accredited,” said Debra Adkins, Chief Operating Officer at Wesley Willows. “Why wouldn’t we expect the same from senior living communities? Knowing that an organization has voluntarily gone through intense scrutiny by an outside third party gives residents and families a greater peace of mind when selecting a community.”

To receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), communities must demonstrate they consistently adhere to:

  • High standards of quality
  • Maintain superior financial results
  • Demonstrate the best in Board Governance and practices
  • Successful professional practices
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Evaluation and improvement of programs, and
  • Our priority is resident comfort, care, and quality of life.

CARF is an independent international nonprofit that accredits providers of health and human services and sets exceedingly high standards for care and service. To receive CARF Accreditation, senior living communities must meet over 1,600 elevated standards that measure effectiveness of Board/management, programs and activities, services for residents, financial standards, and much more.

A five year CARF accreditation is comparable to a five-star rating in the hospitality industry. Wesley Willows is the only CARF accredited continuing care retirement community in the Rockford region. “Having achieved accreditation speaks volumes for the services, amenities, and programs at Wesley Willows, but even more to our dedication to provide the very best in the resident experience,” added Ms. Adkins.