Piper Shores Becomes the First Retirement Community in Maine Recognized by CARF-CCAC; Receives Exemplary Marks for Delivering Person-Centered Care

posted on January 5th, 2009 in Category: Awards & Recognition

Piper Shores, Maine’s first and only nonprofit lifecare retirement community, today announced they have become the first retirement community in Maine to be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) the nations’ only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. Piper Shores earned Exemplary status for demonstrating its strong financial position exceeding CARF-CCAC’s 75th percentile.

Additionally, Holbrook Health Center, the skilled nursing care component to Piper Shores, was awarded Exemplary status for its innovative Life Stories, Tree of Life and Intergenerational programs. These programs, the first of their kind in Maine, represent a new standard in retirement and skilled nursing care.

“Delivering person-centered care to the seniors at Piper Shores and Holbrook has really made a huge impact on our entire organization and has been very rewarding for everyone – our staff, residents and their relatives,” said Deb Riddel, executive director at Piper Shores. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the CCAC and proud to represent Maine as a pioneer in the field of senior care.”

CARF, founded in 1966, is the only accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve their programs and services. To be accredited, organizations must demonstrate ongoing innovation and continued conformance to standards. This means they must be committed to continuous quality improvement in their governance and administrative structures, fiscal practices, and the care and services they provide to older adults.

Founded in 1985 and acquired by CARF in 2003, CCAC accredits continuing care retirement communities and aging services networks across the country. Accreditation involves the successful completion of a rigorous application and reporting process followed by a comprehensive on site survey of every aspect in the care center. As part of the review and accreditation process, there are over 670 standards with which a community must be in full compliance.

For many years, the prevailing thought in elder care had been to develop care programs starting with a diagnosis first (i.e., a patient with Parkinson’s or dementia) and then modified a little for the individual resident. By contrast, caregivers at Holbrook customize their residents’ daily regimen, dietary plans, activities and many other aspects of their care, based on their individual likes, dislikes, history and interests.

“We’ve successfully turned the old paradigm for care on its ear and the results have been amazing,” said Maureen Carland, administrator, Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores. “The response to the Life Stories program has been overwhelmingly positive for everyone involved. Residents feel like they are being listened to and understood better, and their families are reminded that the caregivers at Holbrook are taking a very active role in getting to know their loved ones.”

About Piper Shores
Piper Shores is the only nonprofit lifecare retirement community in Maine. Built in 2001 in a style that complements Maine’s architectural heritage, Piper Shores is located on 138 acres of beautiful oceanfront property, situated between Higgins Beach and historic Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine. Piper Shores is an innovative retirement community that promotes the long-term wellbeing of its residents through a continuum of activities and lifecare services. Piper Shores residents enjoy active, independent lifestyles with guaranteed priority access to on-site assisted living and skilled nursing care, whenever they may need it.

Piper Shores is owned by Maine Life Care Retirement Community, Inc., a Maine nonprofit organization, formed by a group of accomplished local individuals to deliver the shared vision of creating an ideal retirement community on the coast of Maine.

For more information, visit pipershores.com or call 207-510-5211.