An Eldercare Community
We at Elmhurst Extended Care understand that choosing the right Eldercare community for yourself or a loved is one of the hardest challenges you can face. While searching for the right setting, you'll discover there are specific criteria that set quality environments apart from the rest. These include cleanliness of the facility, the dedication, experience and skill of administration and caregivers, as well as the level of comfort for Elders. Elmhurst Extended Care has been evaluated by a number of state and federal agencies based on these specifications. They have allowed us to maintain our level of excellence and provide the loving environment you seek.
Elmhurst consistently has been ranked as one of the top nursing facilities in Rhode Island (and the nation), a status that makes us very proud. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), as well as Medicare and Medicaid certified. Since 2002, we have delivered care as an Eden Alternative facility, the only one of its kind in the state.
Our close relationship with the Roger Williams Medical Center gives Elmhurst a higher level of care. As an academic medical center, we benefit from their latest teaching practices and procedures. We have served as training sites for several area schools, including Providence College, University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, as well as participated in several Brown University studies.
For more on the specific criteria used to rate nursing homes, or the agencies that credential us, here are some helpful links:
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing Rhode Islanders with the highest quality of care. RIHCA’s influence helps shape legislation that would affect nursing home providers’ ability to deliver quality care at a reasonable cost, and serves as a resource for regulatory issues and changes within the long-term care community. www.rihca.com
An independent, non-profit organization, JCAHO evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the US. JCAHO accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality. An organization must undergo an on-site survey every three years and meet certain performance standards to become accredited. www.jcaho.org
The Eden Alternative is a philosophy of elder care that strives to alleviate loneliness, helplessness and boredom from daily existence as we age. Facilities with this designation have helped change the typical notion of a nursing home by incorporating reminders of daily life, such as plants, animals and children. www.edenalt.org
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offer a Nursing Home Comparison for nursing facilities that are Medicare and Medicaid certified. Detailed information is provided about past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. This includes statistical information, quality assurances, inspection results and nursing staff information. www.medicare.gov
The DOH Division of Facilities Regulation inspects nursing homes at least every 9 to 15 months in order to assess compliance with state and federal standards of care, such as adequacy of staffing, safety, quality of care and cleanliness of facility. www.health.ri.gov/hsr/facilities/nursinghomes/survey.htm
Quality Partners of Rhode Island (QPRI) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to the evaluation and improvement of health care quality. Working in voluntary partnership with hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices and acute care centers, QPRI performs a broad range of specialized services to meet the varying health needs of different populations around the state. www.riqualitypartners.org
The Alliance for Better Long-Term Care (previously known as The Alliance for Better Nursing Home Care) is a non-profit consumer advocacy group which promotes the quality of life and care of Elders in long-term care facilities. Through volunteer assistance, they provide mediation, advocacy and problem solving to Elders of these facilities. www.volunteersolutions.org/vcri/org/221884.html