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Data reveals resiliency of CCRC operators CARF’s managing director of aging services, Sue Matthiesen, discusses what recent financial ratio trends reveal about continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). With important input from members of CARF’s Financial Advisory Panel, she also discusses how ratio trends can be used in financial planning efforts.
Special thanks to Michael Flynn, vice president and chief financial officer, Friendship Senior Options; Jeffrey Boland, partner, Senior Living Services Consulting Group, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP; and Amy Castleberry, senior vice president, Ziegler.
Newsweek Showcase.com – Benefits of volunteerism: How everybody gains – 2010 - PDF Volunteers can experience measurable health and social benefits. This type of fulfillment and reward is not often taken into consideration when thinking about volunteering.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Preventing and surviving suicide - 2010 - PDF Although suicide is rare, it is a serious public health threat and a tragedy to those whose lives it touches. Suicide remains the 11th leading cause of death among all ages in the United States. Yet there is encouraging news: Suicide is preventable, and prevention begins with an open conversation on the subject.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Barriers to employing persons with disabilities: Three common misconceptions – PDF Policies affecting persons with disabilities have made us a more accessible society. However, statistics and industry testimony show that while there has been progress in many areas, there is still room for improvement, especially in the area of employment.
CARF Article - Lac La Ronge Indian Band Child & Family Services Agency Inc. Case Study - 2010 - PDF
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Child & Family Services Agency Inc. serves a population of 4,700 persons -- of whom 1,800 are under the age of 18 -- in six Saskatchewan communities. La Ronge ICFS is an independent, corporate body governed by an elected eight-member Board of Directors and funded by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, a federal governmental department.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Adult day services: Providing support and care for seniors and their families - 2010 - PDF Many older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as their years advance—referred to as aging in place. However, many persons are faced with losing a degree of their independence because of age-related physical or cognitive impairments or chronic health conditions. For these individuals, adult day services (ADS) might be an ideal alternative to congregate residential care such as assisted living and nursing homes.
CARF Article - Eyaa-Keen Centre Case Study - PDF The Eyaa-Keen Centre in Winnipeg, MB, serves First Nations people who are recovering from trauma. Eyaa-Keen focuses on providing a unique form of aboriginal traditional-based therapeutic trauma treatment and psychological rehabilitation. The organization has been accredited since 2004, and has achieved consecutive three-year CARF accreditations in Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Governance Standards.
CARF Article - Eagle Nest Community and Aboriginal Services, Ltd. Case Study - PDF
Eagle Nest Community and Aboriginal Services, Ltd. (ENCAAS) provides residential care in group homes for children ranging in age from birth to 19 years old. The organization cares for the children 24 hours a day and provides them with educational opportunities, recreational activities, emotional and spiritual support, and medical attention. The organization has been accredited since 2004, and has achieved consecutive three-year CARF accreditations.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Recognition and recovery: A conversation about addiction - 2010 - PDF Addiction is a word riddled with images of reckless behavior, shattered lives, and criminal activities. Conversations about addiction are often shunned because they are uncomfortable, but the fact remains that addiction pervades all segments of our society.
Newsweek Showcase.com - The truth about traumatic brain injury in children - 2010 - PDF Media coverage surrounding the tragic deaths of promising student-athletes from head injuries has raised public awareness about traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Indeed, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among children 0 to 4 years old and adolescents 15 to 19 years old.
Newsweek Showcase.com - It takes a village: America's foster care system - 2010 - PDF How many times have you heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child"? This expression may conjure up images of a far-off township of quaint dwellings and the sound of laughing children playing in the streets. But who reading those words imagines their own communities and the children being raised there? Many Americans are unaware of the large network of children all around them who really do depend on a village for their upbringing.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Sustaining our families during difficult times - 2010 - PDF There is a common belief that the family is the primary building block of society, but in our changing world, what does that mean? If we believe that “family structure and upbringing determines the social character and personality of any given society” (Maskanian, 2010), how will the actions we take today influence our future?
Newsweek Showcase.com - Every color of the rainbow - Shining a light on the autism spectrum - 2010 - PDF According to the World Health Organization, the autism spectrum "is a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior." There are three forms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
Newsweek Showcase.com - Surviving the Flood: How To Build Your Resilience This Newsweek article cites the 2009 Red River flood in North Dakota and Minnesota when discussing resilience building techniques. This piece offers several suggestions to increase you personal resilience ability.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Teamwork between patients and therapists is central to sports medicine This Newsweek article focuses on sports medicine as a type of rehabilitation program. It discusses how sports medicine programs have progressed and how athletes of all skill levels are treated.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Navigating care options: How a case manager can help This Newsweek article discusses the roles of case managers and how they help guide care needs for people entering a rehabilitation situation. It includes questions to ask a case manager and what to look for when selecting a case manager.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Keep the holidays from being a season of stress This Newsweek article examines how to reduce stress during the holiday season. Common stress triggers and symptoms are discussed as well as strategies to combat it.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Plan your independence This Newsweek article focuses on home and community services which allow individuals to remain independent in their homes and active in their communities as they age.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Universal design enables independence This Newsweek article explores the movement known as "universal design." Seniors looking for housing options that will suit their current and future needs may consider universal design elements attractive.
Newsweek Showcase.com - As time marches on seniors discover aging in place This Newsweek article discusses aging in place and accessible home design. Concepts include areas to target for home modification or what to look for when moving.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Uncle Sam is a senior This Newsweek article explores opportunities available to retired persons through public institutions and government agencies.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Rekindling the creative spark as you age This Newsweek article explores the benefits of continuing or learning creative and adventurous activities as people grow older. With interviews from doctors and older artists, this piece explores various ways to enhance creativity, joy, and discovery throughout life.
Newsweek Showcase.com - Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in an aging America This article is CARF's flagship monthly contribution to the Newsweek Showcase website. This edition discusses the increasing size and activity of America's aging population.
AAHSA futureAge - CCRC Management in Tough Times This article examines how CCRCs are making the best of the recessionary economy by rethinking operations for efficiency and cost savings, transparently sharing information with staff and residents, and encouraging them to be a part of solving problems.
DOTmed News - Cherilyn Murer, JD, CRA, keynote speaker at the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities This article announces Cherilyn Murer, JD, CRA as the keynote speaker at CARF's Medical Rehabilitation conference.
Rehab Management, Rehab Today - CWLA joins CARF advisory council This article announces the addition of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) to CARF's International Advisory Council (IAC).
Rehab Management, Rehab Today - Amputation Program receives CARF accreditation This article congratulates Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA for being the first organization to receive CARF accreditation for an amputation specialty program. CARF amputation specialty standards were created with input from the Amputee Coalition of America, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense, American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, and persons with limb loss.
Behavioral Healthcare - Accrediting bodies’ latest initiatives In this article, Nikki Migas, managing director of CARF's behavioral health unit, is interviewed about initiatives and goals for the year 2009.
AAHSA futureAge - Gray is the new green This article explores the environmentally friendly efforts of groups such as GrayisGreen.org, Green Seniors, The Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI), Generations United, and Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio.
Newsweek - Focus on continuing care This Newsweek advertisement focuses on CARF-CCAC and the value of obtaining accreditation to persons served.
Training Tool-Kit - Job Clubs, Vocational; Tool should be better utilized This publication touts the benefits of job clubs in helping people with a disability secure employment. In a job club, a group leader will help people learn job-seeking skills and provide support in their search.
Mental Health Weekly - CARF Standards cover services for persons, families with autism This article announces the release of CARF's "Standards for Supports for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (ASD). These standards were first published in the 2008 Employment and Community Services Standards Manual.
MSNBC website - “Boot camp” treats chronic pain sufferers This article offers an overview of boot camp-style programs' efforts and successes in treating chronic pain.
Rehab Management, Rehab Today - CHSA joins CARF’s International Advisory Council This article announces the addition of the Children's Home Society of America (CHSA) to CARF's International Advisory Council (IAC).
HME Today, Beyond Rehab - CARF joins the DMEPOS Accreditation Mix This article discusses the announcement by CMS that CARF is approved to accredit DMEPOS.
AAHSA futureAge - Taking the mystery out of measurement This article discusses the importance of performance measurement as the foundation of quality improvement efforts.
Behavioral Healthcare - Focusing on integration This article discusses CARF's introduction of accreditation standards for integrated behavioral health and primary care settings.
Interdisciplinary Evaluation Argentine Pain Center In this research study, the authors, Dr. Fernando Salvat and Dr. Julio Honorio Pueyrredon, describe the population and interdisciplinary assessment of chronic pain patients who were assisted at the Fleni Pain Center (the first CARF accredited organization in South America). The work describes the population and assessment methodology used in patients with chronic pain.
CARF Special Report - Accreditation as an accountability strategy This report, presented by former CARF president and CEO Donald E. Galvin, Ph.D., explores accreditation as a means to achieve quality services.
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