ONSLOW COUNTY, NC— Following a rigorous accreditation process, Home Health and Hospice, a division of Onslow County Senior Services, announces today that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.
Onslow County Home Health and Hospice underwent a rigorous onsite survey in March. During the survey, compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas was evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. The accreditation process also provided Onslow County Home Health and Hospice with education and guidance to help staff continue to improve its home care program’s performance.
Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, from The Joint Commission.
"When individuals engage a home care provider they want to be sure that provider is capable of providing safe, quality care,” said Margherita Labson, RN, MS, executive director, Home Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “As the home care setting becomes increasingly popular, it is important that home care providers are able to demonstrate that they are capable of providing safe, high quality care. Accreditation by The Joint Commission serves as an indication that the organization has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care.”
"I am very proud of our Homecare Program Director, nurses, aides and support staff for each of their roles in the Joint Commission’s survey process,” said Christine Kinnett, Director of Onslow County Senior Services. “While the patient may just see the nurse or the healthcare staff, this survey represents that it is the entire team that allows them [nurses and staff] to be successful in serving our citizens and providing the best care we can to the patients.”
The Joint Commission’s home care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, home care providers and researchers, as well as industry experts, purchasers and consumers. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
The 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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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 www.jointcommission.org.
Onslow County Home Health and Hospice
Established in 1974, Home Health and Hospice provides quality care to the residents of Onslow County and surrounding areas. Home Health and Hospice is a one-stop source of services for virtually all your healthcare needs. Home Health and Hospice has trained, qualified staff ready to assess healthcare needs and provide you with the highest standards of care that can be offered to you in your home. Intermittent skilled care is provided to patients under a physician’s plan of care to restore health, provide teaching, palliative care, and bereavement services. Learn more about Home Health and Hospice here.