Armed Forces Retirement Home Receives Prestigious Accreditation
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2008 For the first time in its history, the Armed Forces Retirement Home has applied for and received accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.
The accreditation, which will extend through August 2013, results from the findings of an on-site survey of the AFRH facilities conducted Aug. 18-22, 2008. It was awarded in five services and programs at the home, which is an independent federal agency serving more than 1,100 military retirees and veterans.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcome of services through a consultative accreditation process. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, it is the leading accrediting body of human services. CARF-CCAC accreditation represents the highest level of endorsement achievable.
“This was a tremendous accomplishment for AFRH,” said Timothy Cox, the retirement home’s chief operating officer. “Our dedicated staff put many hours into the accreditation process, and they are to be congratulated.”
The survey report labeled these five retirement home areas exemplary:
- There are a wide variety of on- and off-campus activities. The on-campus activity facilities include a movie theater, bowling alley, and a 50,000 volume library.
- The performance and accountability annual reports to Congress are extensive, clear, timely documents that give an in-depth overview of the organization and its forward-looking and creative pictures of the strategic direction of retirement home.
- The retirement home’s chief operating officer has minimized long-term financial threats by developing and seeking implementation of an innovative strategic initiative to lease 77 acres of land to provide a long-term revenue stream.
- The strategic plan for the retirement home is a complete document that is well developed with input from stakeholders who thoroughly research and outline their respective areas with solid recommendations for consideration in the final strategic plan document.
- The retirement home’s total excess margin ratio, operating ratio, and day’s cash on hand ratio exceed the 75th percentile for single-site continuing care retirement community in CARF-CCAC’s database.
The retirement home currently holds an accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
The home was established in 1851 for eligible retirees and has two campuses, Washington and Gulfport, Miss., which provide on-site healthcare, dental and pharmacy services to residents.
Severe damage by Hurricane Katrina caused the Gulfport location to temporarily close, but plans are underway to rebuild by 2010.
The AFRH is dedicated to fulfilling the nation’s commitment to its veterans by providing a premier retirement community with exceptional residential care and extensive support services, according to the retirement home’s web site.