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  • Aging Services

    With the rapid changes and advances in services for persons over 60 years of age, CARF's aging services standards reflect leadership in the field internationally.

    The continuum of care accredited by CARF includes:

    • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
    • Adult Day Services
    • Assisted Living
    • Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities
    • Home and Community Services
    • Case Management
    • Independent Senior Living
    • Dementia Care Specialty Program
    • Stroke Specialty Program

    Please refer to the aging services program descriptionsNew window icon for further details.

    For more information on CARF aging services accreditation, please email as@carf.org or call toll free (866) 888-1122.

  • Aging services lenders

    Lenders seeking to invest in the senior housing and services sector may have questions about accreditation and how it helps identify an organization that is prepared to meet the terms of a lending arrangement.

    Visit www.carf.org/lenders to get started.

  • The 2016 LeadingAge Ziegler 150

    The LeadingAge Ziegler 150 (LZ 150) lists the largest not-for-profit systems providing aging services through senior living in the United States, by order of their total owned market-rate units.

    In the 2016 list, 34 of the LZ 150 operate 154 of CARF-accredited continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), which represent more than half of the total number of CCRCs that CARF accredits.

  • CARF is the only accreditor for continuing care retirement communities

    The nation's first and only accreditation system for CCRCs—the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC)—was founded in 1985 and began operations through the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now known as LeadingAge). In 2003, CARF acquired CCAC.

    In 2017, the CCAC entity and accreditation process was fully integrated into CARF. The CCAC name and accreditation seal are no longer in use, but CARF continues the unique attributes of the accreditation process for CCRCs, including the Five-Year Term of Accreditation, the annual financial review, and the financial ratio benchmarks.

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