August 30, 2018
SOLANA BEACH, CA–Senior Resource Group LLC (SRG), which develops, owns and operates service-enriched senior living communities across seven states, has announced that two of its Arizona communities have earned renewed accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
The renewal marks the sixth consecutive time that both the Amber Lights community in Tucson and the Silver Springs community in Green Valley have earned the prestigious recognition, which is bestowed after a rigorous evaluation of the communities’ assisted living and independent senior living programs.
CARF, an international, nonprofit organization, accredits health and human services providers in an effort to promote and ensure a high level of care and service. This type of recognition is similar to a five-star rating in the hospitality industry, and is known as the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a retirement community.
Beyond conducting a thorough site analysis, CARF evaluators also interview current and former residents of the communities and use that feedback as part of their assessment of the community’s overall performance. Mastery of more than 1,000 CARF standards and conformance to elevated standards that measure the effectiveness of management and communication, programs and activities, and interaction with outside agencies regarding additional services for residents also are required to secure accreditation.
“We know that accreditation, particularly by a highly-respected body such as CARF, offers families and residents a peace of mind, knowing they or their loved one will be cared for in a community that has been scrutinized and ultimately recognized for its level of care and service,” Ron Mead, SRG’s vice president of operations, said. “Amber Lights and Silver Springs, by continuing to earn consecutive accreditations, are tremendous examples of SRG’s commitment to offering unparalleled service and premium quality care designed to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of our residents.”
Evaluators noted that the atmosphere at Silver Springs was genuine, “familial” and friendly. They also lauded staff members for their level of training and the community for its commitment to ongoing professional development, and they appreciated the community’s internal and external engagement processes.
At Amber Lights, evaluators praised how the collaborative relationship between staff and residents focused on achieving positive outcomes, and described the atmosphere in the community as one that includes mutual respect and congeniality between residents and staff.
CARF accreditation is entirely voluntary, however SRG has long demonstrated a dedication to and high regard for the comprehensive evaluation process, knowing that the recognition is valuable for residents and family members. The company was the first senior living provider to seek and be awarded CARF accreditation for all of its eligible assisted living communities.
“Earning a CARF accreditation is a testament to our commitment to provide exceptional care to our residents,” Michael Grust, SRG president and CEO said. “We are truly propelled by a desire to create environments that not only meet seniors’ needs but enhance the quality of their lives.”