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Jed Johnson to join CARF as managing director of aging services

Former Easterseals executive brings two decades of experience with CARF surveys and governance

Jed Johnson, managing director of aging services September 19, 2018, Tucson, Arizona — Jed Johnson, a longtime CARF surveyor and former member of CARF’s Board of Trustees, has accepted an appointment as the managing director of aging services for CARF International beginning October 24.

Johnson comes to CARF after 18 years at Easterseals where he most recently served as vice president of national programs. In that role, he oversaw a $25,000,000 portfolio of federal, foundation, and corporate-funded initiatives supporting Easterseals affiliates. In his time at Easterseals, Johnson provided strategic leadership to support affiliates nationally in the delivery of adult and senior services, served as the director of the National Center on Senior Transportation, and led the implementation of the National Veteran Caregiver Training Program.

Johnson currently holds other leadership roles, including with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Forum, PsychArmor Caregiver Advisory Committee, ARCH Advisory Committee to the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center, Oberlin College Alumni Association, and Rockville United Church.

Johnson’s work and leadership have garnered recognition over the years, including Easterseals’ Bradford Leadership Award, the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) Ruth Von Behren Award, and the American Society on Aging (ASA) Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education.

Johnson holds a joint-master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and in social work from the School of Social Policy and Practice. He began his aging services career working as an orderly on the 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. shift at a Milwaukee long-term care facility.

Background and responsibilities with CARF

Johnson’s addition to CARF is his most recent role in two decades of close work with the company. He has served as a CARF surveyor since the late 1990s, surveying programs for both aging services and employment and community services. He represented Easterseals on what was then the CARF Board of Trustees until it was downsized in 2006 into the modern Board of Directors. Since that time, he has served as Easterseals’ liaison to CARF’s International Advisory Council.

Of his addition to CARF, Johnson says, “I’m thrilled to be joining the CARF team in the role of managing director of aging services. As a longtime surveyor with a wide array of experience in long-term services and supports, I’ve seen firsthand the profound and powerful impact of the accreditation process.”

In the managing director role, Johnson will oversee one of CARF’s most quickly changing accreditation areas. Progress in the aging services field has been propelled in recent years by the demographic shift of the baby boomer population, growing service options, and increasing focus on quality of life. These groundswell factors necessitate a solid foundation of quality systems and practices for providers. “Given the rapid advances in service delivery for our global aging population, a strong commitment to enhancing outcomes and to ongoing quality improvement is more important than ever,” says Johnson.

Johnson looks to add to CARF’s rich reputation in supporting aging services programs, which is rooted in two decades of collaboration. CARF produced its first publication focused on aging programs in 1999 when it released the Adult Day Services (ADS) Standards Manual. Accreditation offerings have since expanded to include programs across a continuum of aging needs, a growth that mirrors the field itself.

CARF also now produces a standards manual specifically for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), making CARF the only accreditor for that industry. In addition, CARF’s Financial Advisory Panel (FAP) manages several projects focused on financial-strength best practices in the aging services field, such as the Financial Ratios & Trend Analysis publication and ADS financial indicators study.

“CARF is pleased that Jed is joining our market leadership team,” says Brian Boon, president/CEO of CARF. “With his many years of experience with CARF, in many various roles, Jed will be able to immediately step into the important role of working with our various partners—such as LeadingAge, Argentum, NADSA, and the FAP—and make contributions advancing quality in the field.”

CARF’s aging services accreditation area includes standards for CCRCs, ADS, assisted living, person-centered long-term care communities, home and community services, case management, independent senior living, stroke specialty, and dementia care specialty. CARF-accredited aging services programs provide services at more than 800 locations in North America.

CARF has been accrediting health and human service organizations since 1966. Payers and regulators interested in more information may contact CARF at (888) 281-6531 or online at Reporters and members of the media, contact us at

9/19/2018 11:10:00 AM

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