If you are evaluating and comparing Life Plan Communities, how do you know which ones are actually committed to providing the best care possible? Forbes Magazine, Leading Age, and others all recommended that you look for a CARF-Accredited community as proof of its commitment to operational and service quality.

What is CARF and CARF Accreditation?

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CARF stands for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It is an international, non-profit health and human services accrediting covering aging services, behavioral health, medical rehabilitation, employment and community services, and more. Much like the Joint Commission (JCAHO) that accredits hospitals, CARF accreditation requires a service provider to commit to quality improvement, focusing on the unique needs of each person the provider serves and monitoring the results of those services.


The accreditation process requires internal audits, external audits, and onsite surveys by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF, to survey whether the provider meets a series of rigorous and internationally recognized standards. There are over 1,500 standards to meet, so as you can imagine, it is a very thorough and comprehensive look at all aspects of a community and the care it provides.

This voluntary process means that a service provider, like Kendal~Crosslands Communities, must go the extra steps necessary to earn the accreditation. The accreditation is more rigorous than just state licensure, and earning accreditation means the provider has the industry-only “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”- the standard set by the very best providers.

Why Should I Choose an Accredited Community?

When you see that a Community is CARF Accredited, you can be sure that it is:

  • Safe. Accreditation includes evaluating safety and that certain safety measures, like fall prevention, must be in place.
  • Comfortable and Well-maintained. Each CARF-accredited community needs to meet specific standards of cleanliness and comfort.
  • Person-centered Care is Key. Caregivers at accredited communities are committed to providing the highest quality of care. And the leadership team is always thinking of ways to make the care they provide even better.
  • CARF Accreditation also means the community respects cultural and individual preferences. Staff members at accredited communities know everyone comes from a unique background. They ensure each resident is comfortable and has his or her individual needs met.  
  • Providing Excellent Care is part of a continuing commitment to excellence. CARF-accredited communities show an ongoing commitment to improving their programs. They submit regular Quality Improvement Plans to CARF to identify how to improve their services.

How Many Communities Are CARF Certified?

There are over 2,000 Life Plan communities in the United States, and the number continues to grow. However, very few are actually CARF-accredited. In 2024, there are only 81 Accredited Life Plan communities in the United States. Only 43 of Newsweek’s list of the 250 America’s Best Life Plan Communities for 2024 are CARF-accredited.

Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands are Both CARF-Accredited.

We’re very proud that Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands, are CARF-accredited. This reflects our ongoing commitment to providing the best care to every resident at every stage of the aging process.

If you pair our CARF accreditation with the fact that we have many current residents who are second and even third generation in the same family, all choosing to retire at Kendal~Crosslands, you’ll see that we have an unparalleled commitment to quality.

If you’d like to learn more about our communities, you can download our digital brochure by clicking below, or simply give us a call at (844) 907-1800 to take the next steps to find out how to join Kendal~Crosslands Communities, the independent-living community you’ve been looking for.