CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.
A benchmark in the field of health and human services is accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) . CARF, founded in 1966, is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services in Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Employment and Community Services, Vision Rehabilitation Services, Medical Rehabilitation, and Opioid Treatment Programs.
A 15-year History
St. Louis Center was first awarded CARF accreditation in 2006. Since that time SLC staff has diligently raised the bar on on delivery of services to the residents. The proof is in the survey results and re-accreditation process, the most recent was in 2021.
The Results are In
According to the 2021 CARF Executive Summary, “St. Louis Center has many strengths, including its skilled, experienced, team-oriented leadership and staff members; the variety of methods it uses to gather stakeholder input; its effective report preparation; its creative service delivery practices; and the homelike environment provided to residents residing on the campus. St. Louis Center exercises vigilant health and safety practices to protect the residents and staff members and has conducted continuous services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. … Residents, their families, and other stakeholders expressed great satisfaction with and appreciation for the organization and its services and staff members.”
St. Louis Center incorporates CARF standards in its day-to-day service delivery and business practices.
The CARF surveyors reported that SLC continually strives to improve on areas of recommendation from past evaluations. They also noted that the organization has many strengths as evidenced in the quote above.
Surveyors suggested adding results of the Curriculum Indicators Survey to the risk assessment results in the individual service plan and to add physician contact information in the QuickMAR medication/monitoring system.
St. Louis Center is very proud of being awarded accreditation after each survey and strives to meet and exceed any recommendations and suggestions by surveyors in order to offer high quality services to stakeholders. The current accreditation will extend through May 31, 2024.
You can see St. Louis Center’s listing on the CARF website here.
This article was in the Spring 2022 issue of St. Louis Spirit.
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