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Truly Golden Assisted Living

November 21, 2012

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and today we want to share just one of the many things we’re thankful for: those who go above and beyond in the field of caring. This, naturally, encompasses thousands upon thousands of carergivers, institutions, nonprofits and the like, so we’re shining the spotlight on Golden LivingCenters Skilled Nursing Facilities, fifty-two of which earned the coveted five-star rankings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in September.

The five stars rating from CMS is reserved for only the top 10% of nursing homes and was established in 2008 in order to “promote transparency and accountability across the industry, and assist consumers in making choices -- which Golden Living supports,” as stated in Golden LivingCenter’s press release announcing the recognition.

These are fifty-two high honors, but like the statues lining Walt Disney’s Oscar shelf, they’re not alone.

In August, Golden LivingCenter’s Continental Manor in Abbotsford, WI received the 2012 American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Gold Quality Award -- the industry’s highest honor in Quality, which has only been awarded thirteen times since inception. Plus, Golden Living has earned more AHCA/NCAL Bronze, Silver and Gold Quality Awards than any other organization, for a total of 213 of these rewards for excellence. Eleven of the awards were for 2012 alone, including the recent Gold.

With over 300 centers in twenty-one states, Golden LivingCenters are home to approximately 30,000 patients a day, while employing over 30K persons. Job creation and hearty staffing: another two wins. Their popularity likely has much to do with their corporate mission -- and the follow through it takes to be reality: “To share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare -- one person, one family, and one community at a time.” (Bold text emphasis not added.)

Yet another way these golden centers have gone above and beyond is in the aforementioned field of innovation through their partnership with Medline Industries to implement an incontinence program as well as other quality assurance initiatives to continually improve resident care. The two entities meet up on a quarterly basis to brainstorm on quality improvements and the incontinent program.

Cindy Kreider, RN,C,WCC and Vice President of Clinical Services for Golden LivingCenters stated, “They’re a true strategic partner, not only in delivering education and resources about the products, but providing the support we need, and Medline has definitely been a true partner in delivering those services. The FitRight program and the incontinence management program...have been very successful.”

Bravo to these leaders in assisted care and we look forward to seeing how they make the world a better place in which to live next.