Home Care Provider Salus Homecare Gains U.S. Joint Commission Gold Seal Accreditation

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California-based Salus Homecare leads home care industry in achieving voluntary accreditation for its locations in California, Colorado and Utah as part of its push toward excellence in home healthcare.

"The Joint Commission accreditation positions Salus as a leader in the market in terms of quality and excellence in care. This accreditation affirms the culture of excellence our customers have come to expect," Mark Mortensen, chief executive.

Salus Homecare, a California-based company focused on providing coordinated home-based services including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and medical social services combined with caregiving services, today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in home care.

The Joint Commission accreditation award recognizes Salus’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's standards of excellence.

The Joint Commission's standards address the organization's performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe and effective manner. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care in the United States.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations. The services are provided directly or through a contracted individual or organization. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Salus Homecare has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Margherita Labson, R.N., executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Salus for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Salus underwent rigorous unannounced on-site surveys where a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the company for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, data management, leadership and regulatory review of medical equipment.

"The Joint Commission accreditation positions Salus as a leader in the market in terms of quality and excellence in care. This accreditation affirms the culture of excellence our customers have come to expect," Mark Mortensen, chief executive officer of Salus, "and will position Salus’ as a key participant in an evolving healthcare delivery system that will emphasize quality services."

The voluntary accreditation applies to all of Salus’ locations in California, Utah and Colorado.

“The best indication of quality provider is a third-party endorsement by a recognized body focused on identifying quality providers and practices,” Mortensen said. “The Joint Commission is the most prestigious accrediting body in healthcare whose national accreditation for quality is something many homecare and healthcare providers have not sought due to the rigorous nature of accreditation, but valuable to us and our patients.”

The accreditation comes on the heels of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obama Care,” set to begin Jan. 1, 2014. The law includes options to help older Americans and individuals with disabilities stay in their homes, receive care in the settings of their choosing, and retain control over their own decision-making. The Affordable Care Act also makes health care more accessible and affordable, a key element of healthy, stable life in the community.

About Salus Homecare:

Salus Homecare is on the forefront of providing coordinated home-based services, which include 24-hour skilled nursing, in-home care, senior home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social services combined with caregiving services. Salus provides a “one source” approach through its ONE CALL™ program by providing home-based services for patients recovering from hospital stays, the elderly in need of assistance at home and victims of catastrophic events that necessitate home care on a continuous basis. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., the healthcare provider has locations in California, Utah and Colorado. The home care provider was awarded the Gold Seal of Accreditation by the Joint Commission, the U.S. health care rating agency. For more information, visit salushomecare.com.

About Joint Commission:

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at http://www.jointcommission.org.

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