February 9, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- CARF International
released accreditation standards for case management for organizations
providing services in the aging services field. The standards are in the newly
published 2012 editions of the
Aging Services and CARF-CCAC standards manuals, both in electronic and
print formats at www.carf.org/catalog (in Canada, www.carf.org/catalogue).
services organizations offer home and community services for diverse
populations that continue to reside in their own homes," said Sue
Matthiesen, managing director of CARF's Aging Services accreditation area. "Case
management accreditation provides standards for delivering high quality services
that assess consumers' individual needs, refer them to appropriate services,
and arrange or coordinate their care."
The standards for case management in aging services can be
applied on CARF and CARF-CCAC surveys conducted after June 30 this year.
The new case management standards were adapted from
standards applied to other areas that CARF accredits. The standards were
reviewed for their applicability to the aging services field and migrated into
the Aging Services and CARF-CCAC standards manuals.
Aging services organizations have an option of pursuing
accreditation for their case management programs. Organizations that manage the
care of the persons served in assisted living residences, long-term care
settings, or continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are not required to
add these standards to their existing accreditation.
Case management proactively coordinates, facilitates, and
advocates for seamless service delivery for persons with impairments, activity
limitations, and participation restrictions based on:
- Initial and ongoing assessments.
- Knowledge and awareness of care options and
- Effective and efficient use of resources.
- Individualized plans based on the needs of the
- Predicted outcomes.
- Regulatory, legislative, and financial
The delivery of case management might occur in a variety of
settings, such as a healthcare environment, private practice, the workplace, or
the payer community.
CARF's leadership in framing standards is backed by its
46-year history of accrediting health and human services.
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