Kimball Farms Awarded Five-Year CARF accreditation

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LENOX, Mass. — Kimball Farms Life Care has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation from CARF International.

"Only about 10 percent of the continuing care retirement communities in the country have achieved five-year accreditation status," said Bill Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare, which operates Loomis. "This is a tremendous source of pride for all of us and it speaks volumes about the terrific work the team here does."

In Massachusetts, only seven CCRCs hold five-year CARF accreditation. Two of those, including Kimball Farms and Day Brook Village Senior Living (formerly Loomis House) in Holyoke, are Berkshire Healthcare Systems affiliates.

An organization receiving a Five-Year Term of Accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF's accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CCRC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.

"The CARF survey process is an extensive analysis and evaluation of the standards of care," said Albert Ingegni, Berkshire Healthcare's vice president of housing services. The Kimball Farms team spent months preparing for the survey, which covered all service levels.

Kimball Farms Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community is the only Life Care community in western Massachusetts. Based in Lenox, Kimball Farms includes Independent Living, PineHill Assisted Living, the Life Enrichment Memory Care Program, and the Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center. Kimball Farms is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts.


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