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Onslow County Home Health& Hospice receives accreditation

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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Onslow County Senior Service's Home Health and Hospice has received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care Accreditation.

Below is a press release on the news.

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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 Home Care 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.

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