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Why Choose JCI for Long Term Care Accreditation?

JCI is uniquely positioned to help long term care organizations through our evidence-based standards by providing the roadmap to building essential processes to achieve performance excellence. JCI’s Long Term Care Accreditation program accredits a variety of long term care needs including assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, chronic care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care facilities, and more.

Achieving Long Term Care accreditation not only enhances and objectively validates your performance reliability, it also:

  • Proactively minimizes risk areas for your clients, staff and brand
  • Creates a performance-focused competitive edge to help boost market share
  • Leverages a vetted framework to grow or expand services
  • Demonstrates your commitment to quality and patient safety

Expertise You Can Depend On

JCI surveyors are clinical and administrative professionals with vast experience in multiple settings. They speak 21 different languages and hail from 6 continents and bring their vast experience and expertise to your long term care organization. JCI’s accreditation process concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and quality of patient care. A key component of our customer’s positive experience relies on a consistent survey process executed by expert surveyors, with experience in a variety of long term care specialties.

Enabling Better Decisions with Unparalleled Tools

We support you with a robust, patient-centric survey which is anchored to data and measurability:

  • The SAFER Matrix identifies and helps prioritize performance improvement efforts on areas with the highest risk of potential adverse outcomes.
  • JCI’s unique tracer methodology reviews how a long term care facility delivers care to the patient, helping to mitigate risks before they can become costly problems. Tracers engage both patients and staff, allowing organizations to show how they meet the standards beyond policies and procedures.

  • Access to care and continuity of services
  • Individual and family rights
  • Assessment of needs
  • Medication management
  • Resident and family education
  • Prevention and control of infections
  • Quality management and improvement
  • Governance and leadership
  • Staff qualifications and education
  • Management of information

  • Rehabilitative services
  • Complex chronic care management
  • Skilled nursing services

How Do You Begin?

Introducing the Pathway to JCI Accreditation. This easy-to-navigate resource outlines the five major steps health care organizations typically follow in their pursuit of accreditation. The milestones outlined within each step help your team organize activities and monitor progress throughout your accreditation preparation efforts.

General Eligibility Requirements for Survey

Any long-term care organization may apply for JCI accreditation if it meets the following requirements:


  • The organization is located outside the United States and its territories.
  • The organization is currently in operation as a health care provider organization in the country, licensed (if required), and, at a minimum, does the following:
    • Identifies the services it provides, indicating which care, treatment, and/or services it provides directly, under contract, or through some other arrangement.
    • Meets parameters for the minimum number of residents/volume of services required for organizations seeking JCI accreditation; that is, a minimum of 10 residents served and 5 residents active at the time of survey.
    • Provides long-term care services. Such services encompass any health care services provided by health care professionals (physician, registered nurse, therapist, and the like) to a long-term care facility and may include activities of daily living, rehabilitation services, occupational therapy, medication management, intravenous infusion therapy, ventilator management, and provision of medical equipment.
    • Provides care that may be episodic or ongoing in nature.
  • The organization assumes, or is willing to assume, responsibility for improving the quality of its care and services.
  • The organization provides services addressed by JCI standards.
  • The long-term care organization is in full operation, admitting and discharging a volume of residents that will permit the complete evaluation of the implementation and sustained compliance with all current JCI accreditation standards for long-term care.
  • The long-term care organization meets the conditions described in the “Accreditation Participation Requirements” (APR) chapter.

Note: If in its reasonable discretion, JCI determines that the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria for the long-term care accreditation program, JCI will not accept or process the electronic application (E-App) and will notify the long-term care organization of its decision.