Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International

CARF-LogoIn 2017, Bridgewell has once again earned a three-year accreditation from CARF International, the highest level of certification that an organization can achieve. While Bridgewell’s day habilitation services have been accredited by CARF for well over 25 years, this is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that CARF has given to all Bridgewell services and programs for substantial conformance to its high standards.

Bridgewell earned special recognition for its Functional Assessment Tool for Aging, which CARF gave an “exemplary” conformance to standards. This distinction is given to less than 5 percent of accredited organizations. CARF also noted that the tool has the “potential to be used on a national level.” The tool measures progress or regression around numerous data points such as living skills, communication, and recollection which has helped better address the special needs of aging adults with Down syndrome, who have a near 100 percent risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.

“We are extremely proud of this accreditation from CARF,” said Bridgewell Interim CEO Kelly Martin. “It objectively demonstrates and confirms the high quality of services Bridgewell provides to individuals with disabilities and other life challenges. We were measured against nearly 2,000 standards. This achievement is a testament to the staff of Bridgewell who adhere to these standards in the delivery of service day in and day out.”

The rigorous CARF assessment complimented Bridgewell for their “enthusiasm, commitment and pride in their work and a genuine caring” for their clients, as they strive to “clearly understand each individual’s strengths and needs.” Bridgewell’s services are considered “innovative and creative,” and CARF believes Bridgewell has particularly distinguished itself as “a leader in the industry that has excelled in providing exceptional autism services.”

Significantly, CARF found that individuals who use Bridgewell’s services place high confidence in the organization, stating that “families feel involved and informed, and they appreciate the open communication and responsiveness they receive.” Families reported that their loved ones are “very happy with their lifestyles and opportunities” and that the facilities are “well maintained, inviting and respectful” places.

An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of international surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.