Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor earned a zero-deficiency survey from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services following its annual inspection Feb. 18, 2014.
This is the second consecutive year Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor has received a zero-deficiency rating, and the fifth time in the past 11 years.
“We are so proud of our staff for this outstanding achievement,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director. “We know that their dedication to our mission and to our residents created a deficiency-free community. Every employee impacts the outcome of the survey since regulations affect every job position at Arkansas Presbyterian Manor.”
Each year, senior living communities are surveyed by their licensing agency for compliance of regulations established by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. These regulations, which number in the hundreds, are designed to ensure a standard of care is met. By meeting this standard, senior living communities are able to renew their licenses and continue to provide care.
There are 17 major areas assessed, which include quality of care and physical environment. The surveyors look at every aspect of a resident’s life, from dietary choices, to dental care; from frequency of physician visits to ease of access to their mail.
“Our goal is to provide great care every day,” Griggs said. “This recognition is tangible proof of our commitment to providing quality senior care and services. The way you want to live is more than a tagline for Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor; it is a culture built on the understanding of compassionate service to seniors — a foundation of trust for families and their loved ones.”
According to KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan, in 2012, only 5.5 percent of surveys were deficiency-free. The achievement by Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor places the retirement community in the top tier of survey performances in Kansas.