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Achieve Accreditation Announcements

Joint Commission Certification Announcement

The Infographic above announces that Wildwood Senior Living

Community in Joplin, Missouri became the FIRST IN THE NATION to receive The Joint Commission’s Assisted Living Memory Care Certification on August 18, 2023! Read McKnights Article Here

Senior Living Foresight Interview

Achieve Accreditation's Kathleen O'Connor Interview with Senior Living Foresight

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Linkedin LIVE Interview

Every senior living community says they are the best. Even the ones that are not. The problem is that consumers really have no way of knowing...or they didn't. JACHO (the people who make sure hospitals operate at the highest levels) also inspect and Accredit senior living communities.

Arrow Senior Living has taken the bold step of deciding to certify all of its communities. Stephanie Harris, CEO of Arrow Senior Living, and Kathleen O'Connor spoke on Linkedin LIVE about Accreditation. How it is so important, and how to get there.

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VOL. 21, NO.1

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Argentum Executive Conference Panel Speakers

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The graphic above announced that Achieve Accreditation's Kathleen O'Connor was a featured panel speaker at The Argentum Executive Conference.

Achieve Accreditation's Highlighted In Senior Living Foresight Click here to view entire article Posted by Susan Saldibar, Jan 29, 2023 

Senior Living Foresight News

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First in Ohio to earn assisted living accreditation from The Joint Commission.

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The above image features Vitalia North Olmsted in North Olmsted, OH, operated by Arrow Senior Living, reportedly is the second stand-alone assisted living community in the United States, and first in Ohio, to earn assisted living accreditation from The Joint Commission.

Past Announcements:

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McKnight's News: Ignite seeks to stand out with pursuit of Joint Commission accreditation

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Ignite News Article

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Achieve Accreditation receives national recognition in McKnight’s Senior Living for guiding first accredited assisted living in the nation.

September 20, 2021 

Joint Commission awards first assisted living accreditation

A nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Chicago on Friday became the first senior living community to achieve The Joint Commission’s assisted living community accreditation. The designation went to The Selfhelp Home“Joint Commission accreditation gives us the same opportunity to certify the quality and value we provide in assisted living that we’ve proven in our skilled nursing unit and demonstrates our commitment to providing the best care to our residents,” Sheila Bogen, the community’s executive director, said in a statement.

The commission announced the assisted living program earlier this year, representing its first care continuum expansion in more than 20 years. The program is needed, according to the body, because of “a shift in the assisted living industry from a more hospitality-based environment to a more healthcare-focused setting that offers services for medication management, skilled nursing and dementia care.” The program’s standards address the environment, staffing, emergency management, dementia care, medication management, provision of care and services, process improvement and more. In addition to standards, the program requires organizations to track and report on five standardized performance measures: off-label antipsychotic drug use, resident falls, resident preferences and goals of care, advanced care plan/surrogate decision-maker, and staff stability.

“Being the first community to participate in the new accreditation program serves as an important marker for all assisted living communities to follow Selfhelp Home’s lead, equal the playing field, and ensure consistent and reliable care is delivered for all residents,” Gina Zimmermann, executive director of Nursing Care Center and Assisted Living Community Services at The Joint Commission, said in a statement. 

The CCRC worked toward accreditation with the assistance of Kathleen O’Connor, president and founder of Achieve Accreditation, a Joint Commission readiness national expert. O’Connor said it was “our greatest honor and privilege” to assist Selfhelp in becoming the first community to accomplish the accreditation requirements.

Author: Lois A. Bowers

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in McKnight's Long Term Care 

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Achieve Accreditation receives mention in

Senior Living Foresight

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in Senior Housing News 

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Announcement Infographic First Accredited Assisted Living Facility

The Infographic above announces that Achieve Accreditation guided the first Joint Commission Accredited Assisted Living organization in the nation.

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The graphic above announces that Achieve Accreditation has a new St. Petersburg, Florida office location.

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