2019 IHCA – Introduction to CARF Assisted Living Accreditation

REMINDER: BEGINNING JAN 1, 2015, ALL IHCA EVENT REGISTRATION FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL, PRIOR TO ALL EVENTS, TO RECEIVE NAME BADGES AND ENTER SESSIONS! .  IF we have not received payment by the Friday prior to the training, you will be required to provide a credit card for payment on March 22nd.

  • Course Overview

    Thursday, May 9, 2019: Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village ~ 4037 E Clocktower Dr, Meridian, ID 83642

    Friday, May 10, 2019: Garden Plaza of Post Falls ~ 545 N. Garden Plaza Court, Post Falls, ID 83854

    This one-day interactive session provides a solid overview for Assisted Living providers in Idaho interested in learning more about CARF accreditation. Participants will gain valuable insights into the accreditation process as well as helpful information in preparing for a survey.

    This interactive training session provides the perfect forum to assimilate the ASPIRE to Excellence® quality framework. In addition, we will highlight practical examples of demonstrating conformance to the standards as well as effective business management and service delivery practices. Focus will be on business practice standards using the 2019 Aging Services Standards Manual.

    Attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss and receive “hands-on” support from training faculty regarding the development and implementation of plans, policies, and procedures needed to demonstrate organizational conformance to the standards. Additional emphasis will be placed on areas where organizations or personnel new to CARF most often need guidance. Resources will be provided to those attending the training including valuable examples, aids, and tools to use in preparing for a survey.

    *(Virtual learning opportunities that will focus on the care process, residential program and assisted living sections of standards will be available at a later date. In addition, a two-day CARF 101 for Aging Services is scheduled for May 23-24, 2019 in Chicago, IL.)

    Key Session topics include:

    • Definition of accreditation and its value
    • Brief overview of CARF
    • The development of, principles underlying, and organization of CARF Assisted Living standards
    • Overview of the 10 steps in the accreditation process (including cost)
    • Review of the 2019 standards, with a focus on ASPIRE to Excellence (business practices) quality framework, designed to provide a logical, action-oriented approach to quality improvement
      • Small group exercises will highlight portions of this section
    • Due to time considerations, session will highlight the core themes for Aging Services and Assisted Living program standards.*(see above)
    • Outline next steps moving forward

  • Agenda


    • Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village:  9 am – 4 pm
    • Garden Plaza of Post Falls:  8 am – 3 pm


    Jed Johnson, Managing Director – Aging Services

    Mr. Johnson leads CARF’s aging services accreditation programs throughout North America that span the continuum of services including assisted living, adult day services, life plan communities, case management, networks, home and community services, independent senior living, person-centered long term care nursing home communities, and dementia specialty care. Prior to joining CARF, Mr. Johnson was a member of Easterseals national office leadership team providing oversight to a $25M portfolio of federal, corporate and foundation funded initiatives supporting older adults, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers across the organization’s 71 affiliates. He also served for 10 years as VP of Home & Community Services for a faith-based long-term care provider in Pittsburgh, PA. He began his career working as a night-shift orderly in a Milwaukee, WI long-term care community.

    Mr. Johnson is a recognized leader on caregiving, respite care, long-term services & supports and quality practices in the field of aging services. For CARF International, Mr. Johnson provides leadership in the following areas: standards development, education for organizations and peer accreditation surveyors, strategic planning related to CARF’s aging services programming, fostering collaborative relationships with professional groups in a variety of sectors including government, finance, insurance, and consumer outreach.

    He has a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania including an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MSW from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

    Cathy Rebella, Senior Resource Specialist – Aging Services & Medical Rehabilitation

    Cathy Rebella is a Senior Resource Specialist for CARF Medical Rehabilitation & Aging Services with thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry.  As a Senior Resource Specialist, Ms. Rebella provides specialized technical assistance to organizations and surveyors, both nationally and internationally, regarding survey procedures and processes as well as standards interpretation.  She is responsible in assisting with the planning and coordination of surveyor training as well as the development of other educational events for surveyors and accredited providers.  Prior to joining CARF full-time in 2007, Cathy served as a CARF accreditation surveyor for over a decade.

    Ms. Rebella started her career as an occupational therapist in multiple rural school districts in Wisconsin.  She then served as a senior manager in the Marquette General Health System; most notably serving as the Program Director of Marquette’s Rehabilitation Center.

    Ms. Rebella holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • Hotels

    IF traveling to southwest Idaho for the session in Meridian, here is hotel information:

    Country Inn & Suites– Boise West
    3355 East Pine Avenue
    Meridian, ID 83642
    208 639-3300

    Hotel is 100% Non-smoking (outside smoking area is available) & No Pets.

    Amenities include: Complimentary airport taxi, hot Breakfast, high speed internet in every room, indoor pool & Jacuzzi hot tub, Business Center, Fitness Center, book lending Library, guest laundry. Spacious rooms include refrigerators and microwaves. The hotel is located within walking distance to dining where most guests receive up to 20% off meals exclusive to this hotel.

    Reservations call the hotel directly and mention Idaho Health Care Association to receive the special rate. For online reservations use the company rate code #149802. Preferred rate is $104/night (does not include taxes).

    SpringHill Suites by Marriot – Boise
    6325 N. Cloverdale Rd.
    Boise, ID 83713

    To reserve a room at the courtesy rate, go to:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boish-springhill-suites-boise/ and use booking code 708.

    Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 208.939.8266 or 888.236.2427. A preferred corporate rate to Idaho Health Care Association is 15% off the “Best Available Rate”. These rates do not include applicable state and local taxes.

    Traveler Benefits include: Free parking, complimentary Breakfast Buffet, complimentary wireless or wired internet access, daily newspaper, use of on-site fitness center & indoor heated pool, Business Center and 24/7 Market. The hotel will provide shuttle service from the hotel to the IHCA office and back provided you make arrangements with the front desk, in advance.

  • Fees

    Listed rates include lunch the day of the training.


    • $39/person  Early-bird
    • $49/person after May 1st


    • $59/person Early-bird
    • $69/person after May 1st

    Cancellations & No-Shows

    Cancellations are subject to up to a $50.00 fee if made more than seven (7) business days prior to the event. There will be no refund or credit granted for “no-shows” and cancelled registration within seven (7) business days of the event. Training dates are subject to change. Additional dates may be added due to demand. Please note — IHCA reserves the right to re-schedule any training that does not meet minimum registration requirements.

Attendees for Meridian & Post Falls – Register HERE!