The Loomis Communities was awarded its third five-year accreditation from CARF. CARF was formerly known as the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, and it is only nationally recognized organization that evaluates and accredits continuing care retirement communities. Of the 1,950 continuing care retirement communities across the nation, less than 300 are accredited by CARF.
The accreditation process reviewed all of the services and levels of care available at each of The Loomis Communities - Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield and Loomis Village in South Hadley. Loomis offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living, and skilled nursing care on its three campuses in the Pioneer Valley.
After an extensive review of information the communities provided, an on-site survey over multiple days was conducted in April by two teams of senior living experts selected by CARF. Their goal was to confirm that Loomis conforms to the rigorous CARF standards that were developed to provide residents an assurance of quality. In addition to evaluating the communities’ programs, the survey process evaluated administrative and business practices, including financial strength and planning.
While the accreditation term is for five years, achieving accreditation required The Loomis Communities to demonstrate a commitment to continued quality improvement focusing on the unique needs of each resident served. Loomis is required to monitor and report on its quality improvement efforts annually. In addition to providing residents with a measure of quality, CARF accreditation provides the Loomis’ nursing center a credential required by leading insurance companies prior to admission of new residents.
According to Lauren Scruggs, President and CEO of The Loomis Communities, “The CARF standards cover every aspect of Loomis’ operations in detail, but they all point to one objective that is at the heart of our nonprofit mission: providing an outstanding lifestyle for the people we serve while continually working to improve our performance. CARF’s focus on improving residents’ quality of life is a perfect match for The Loomis Communities.”
Founded in 1966, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 23,000 locations. More than 8 million people of all ages are served annually by 6,700 CARF-accredited service providers. CARF accreditation extends to countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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