Carf Accreditation

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a nonprofit, independent organization that reviews and then certifies the care provided at facilities that offer rehabilitative services. The CARF accreditation guarantees that a facility is abiding by the organization's strict guidelines and standards. The CARF standards are rigorous, but they are nationally and internationally recognized.

To obtain the CARF accreditation, a rehabilitation facility is first required to submit an application to the organization. Then CARF will send out a representative to review the facility's operations. To assist them in making a proper evaluation, the representative will observe the facility's daily activities, review its operating procedures, and interview its staff members.

Certifying the Care

After reviewing the facility, the CARF representative will provide it with suggestions for improving its work processes. However, the primary objective of the CARF assessment is to determine whether or not the service providers at the rehabilitation facility are rendering quality care to their clients. According to the standards outlined by CARF, a facility's degree of quality is determined by how customer-oriented their service plans are.

A person who utilizes a rehabilitation facility that bears the CARF accreditation can be sure that it adheres to the highest standards of quality and that it provides the best possible care. In addition, all CARF-certified facilities have programs that are client concentric, guaranteeing that each program is developed according to the client's individual goals.

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