Achieve Accreditation Blog

Updated: May 19

A Closer Look at Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Standards:

HR.01.06.01- Staff are competent to perform their responsibilities.

HR.01.07.01- The organization evaluates staff performance.

Competence assessments ensure organizations and staff demonstrate the ability to use job specific skills and to access the knowledge necessary to perform in their role. When defining specific required competencies, organizations should consider patient/resident needs, as well as the types of care, treatment, and services it offers. Competence assessments are most effective when they are job specific, rather than generic for all staff. Many organizations find success utilizing a best practice execution model where staff conduct ongoing annual competency fairs (i.e., including clinical and non-clinical topics) over multiple days to boost staff attendance each calendar year.

Performance evaluations are broader in scope than competence assessments. In addition to assessing a staff member’s competence, performance evaluations also assess other expectations that have been established for each staff member (i.e., examples include ongoing training requirements and other company driven measures.) Many organizations find success in a best practice execution model where a rating scale (e.g., 1 to 5) is placed next to each measurable characteristic of the individual performance evaluation.

A common-sense best practice execution model aims to ensure there is concentrated thought and attention when completing both competence assessments and performance evaluations. Organizations run the risk of cheating themselves out of valuable results if the leadership staff is mindlessly ticking off the items on the list in order to simply complete the task. Organizations would be wise to challenge their leadership staff to give the proper time and attention to both competence assessments and performance evaluations. Both of these tools have great potential to provide essential feedback on both job specific knowledge as well as actual performance. If leadership staff devote the appropriate attention and time to both these important tasks, there is a real opportunity for professional staff growth and knowledge validation or expansion. Completing the competence assessment and performance evaluation process with true rigor and attention reinforces the company’s risk management practices and establishes the potential win-win for both staff and patients/residents.

Reference: Nursing Care Center Standards

Kathleen O’Connor, MA is President & Founder of Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has helped skilled nursing providers and assisted living organizations to obtain and maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation for over 30 years.


June 24, 2021- Achieve Accreditation is thrilled to announce that they have entered into a new strategic alliance with Assisted Living Consultants Consortium (ALCC). This new collaboration brings together two equally seasoned companies both with over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry.

Kathleen O’Connor, MA President & Founder of Achieve Accreditation shared: “Achieve Accreditation is pleased to once again be helping assisted living providers obtain Joint Commission Accreditation. Assisted living providers will find great value in showcasing their Joint Commission Accreditation achievement as a market force distinguisher as well as enjoy the benefit of accreditation as a brand strategy.

Providers will quickly discover that the Joint Commission standards are a solid template for implementing industry best practices and will also serve as a framework for guiding organizations with their continual performance improvement journeys. Both companies look forward to the collaborative synergies that will come from this new strategic alliance. Both companies also enjoy 30 year plus reputations as subject matter experts with deep and wide regulatory knowledge and long-standing track records of accomplishments in the senior living industry.”

Achieve Accreditation is proud to be celebrating over 30 years as the #1 Senior Living Joint Commission Accreditation readiness expert. Achieve Accreditation offers hands-on guidance and comprehensive accreditation readiness resources for skilled nursing and assisted living providers specific to both initial accreditation as well as accreditation maintenance.

Susan Schneider, RN Founder& Principal Consultant of Assisted Living Consultants Consortium (ALCC) stated: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Achieve Accreditation. It is professionally rewarding when two senior living industry leaders get the opportunity to join forces for the mutual benefit of both companies and even more importantly to collaborate on their shared goal of helping assisted living providers across the nation improve performance. Both Achieve Accreditation and Assisted Living Consultants Consortium strategically align specific to both company missions, core values, and national strategic growth plans.”

Susan Schneider, RN is celebrating over 30 years of experience in senior health care. She has consistently demonstrated service excellence in her career endeavors with assisted living start-ups, assisted living survey preparedness, assisted living system audits, and implementing assisted living standards of practice. Susan is recognized as a true assisted living subject matter industry expert.

Wendy Barrett is the Brand Strategist for Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has been assisting senior living providers with obtaining and maintaining accreditation for over 30 years.

  • Jessica Prucha

Updated: Apr 22

What is brand storytelling?

Brand storytelling is targeted messaging that fosters the formation of authentic connections. This content focuses on a business’s values and provides the audience with a greater understanding of the business. Brand storytelling helps companies articulate their purpose. Ultimately, brand storytelling helps organizations build deeper relationships through an emphasis on stories and values.

Why is it important for companies to tell their story?

It is important for companies to tell their story because this allows readers or listeners to assess if their values align. When companies share the deeper meaning behind why they started or what drives them, others gain insight to the company’s genuine intentions behind what they do. When individuals at a company tell their stories, they also remind themselves of their “why.” Sharing a company’s “why” has the potential to reignite passion, excitement, and foster purpose-driven thinking.

Why is it important to tell brand stories from the senior living industry?

There are many untold stories about the senior living industry and the high-quality care provided to the nation’s vulnerable seniors. I chose to tell my story with the hope that other young professionals might look to the senior living industry as a fulfilling and rewarding career option. While pursuing my degree in journalism, I was drawn to study Gerontology because of the close relationships I shared with my grandparents. I also was fortunate enough to have a business writing internship with Achieve Accreditation which introduced me to the many undiscovered stories in the senior living industry. I am excited to partner with Achieve Accreditation and contribute to their performance improvement mission within the senior living industry. I am grateful for this opportunity and feel passionately about telling Achieve Accreditation’s story.

Jessica Prucha, BAJ is the Brand Storyteller at Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has helped skilled nursing providers and assisted living organizations to

obtain and maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation for over 30 years.