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Kimball Farms Awarded Five-year CARF Accreditation

LENOX — Kimball Farms Life Care has earned a five-year term of accreditation from CARF International.

“Only about 10{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of the continuing-care retirement communities in the country have achieved five-year accreditation status,” said Bill Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare, which operates Kimball Farms. “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 continuing-care retirement communities 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 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.

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