The Importance of Accreditation
CAHC-accredited agencies have chosen to go beyond the basic requirements of a healthcare service firm to meet the rigorous standards of our accreditation process.
They are committed to following the best practices in the home care field and to consistently demonstrate the highest level of quality and safety throughout all aspects of their operation.
CAHC-accredited agencies undergo a lengthy initial review process and annual monitoring through site visits by experienced RN Field Nurse Surveyors.
CAHC-accredited providers must adhere to the following key elements of performance:
- A registered professional nurse will assess needs and write out a personalized plan of care.
- For Personal Care services, only currently certified homemaker-home health aides are employed. This means the aide has successfully completed a 76-hour certification training program approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Also, a criminal background check was conducted by the Board of Nursing prior to receiving certification.
- All certified homemaker-home health aides have passed competency tests and attend in-service education programs every year. At least every 60 days a registered professional nurse will supervise the certified homemaker-home health aides in the home and monitor the continuing appropriateness of the plan of care.
- The provider takes care of the insurance requirements and applicable taxes for their certified homemaker-home health aides and nurses.
- Providing skilled nursing services are only nurses who are currently licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The RNs and LPNs have been interviewed, their references have been checked and their clinical skills have been tested.
- The agency has a set of established policies to guide their operation, including the handling of any complaints or grievances that a patient or patient's family might have.
These are just a sample of the standards and elements of professional performance that CAHC-accredited agencies must meet. Consumers choose an accredited provider knowing that these standards are being met and monitored by an independent third party.