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Dorothy Love Receives National Accreditation

Posted on July 24, 2009 in In The News

Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 West Cisco Road, Sidney, has attained a five-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC). CARF/CCAC is an independent, merged nonprofit that accredits aging services and other human services organizations.

Organizations that receive the five-year accreditation like Dorothy Love undergo a rigorous peer review process and demonstrate to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey, a commitment to conforming to CARF/CCAC’s accreditation conditions and standards.

CCAC, based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1985 as the nation's only accreditor of continuing care retirement communities and aging services networks. In January 2003, CCAC merged with CARF, a not-for-profit accreditation system founded in 1966 that touches more than 6.5 million individuals served in a wide range of human services organizations.

Dorothy Love is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community serving the Sidney area since 1922. Dorothy Love, along with seven other Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) retirement communities, has received the five-year re-accreditation. Dorothy Love has been accredited for 20 years. As part of the process, each year OPRS submits a report to prove its adherence to these standards to maintain its accreditation.

“We choose to become accredited continually to demonstrate the great value we place on those who we serve – our residents,” OPRS Chief Operating Officer Daniel J. O’Connor said. “It assures that we conform to proven business practices, employee training, information management and continuous quality improvement. In today’s economic environment, it is one of the best indicator’s of an organizations financial stability.”

OPRS is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio. With headquarters in Columbus, OPRS serves 5,300 residents annually, operates 13 adult day centers and offers Senior Independence services to more than 59,000 older adults in 41 Ohio counties.