CARF reaccredits, S&P reaffirms and U.S. News & World Report lauds Kendal at Ithaca

Nov. 12, 2018—Kendal at Ithaca has gathered accolades over the past six weeks from CARF, Standard & Poor’s and U.S. News & World Report.

Effective Sept. 26, CARF—the Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities—renewed its accreditation of Kendal at Ithaca. Health and human services providers must demonstrate excellence in the quality of the programs and services they provide and display continuous improvement in them to be accredited by CARF.

CARF reaccredited Kendal at Ithaca for another five years in two areas:

  • Continuing Care Retirement Community.
  • Person-Centered Long-Term Care Community.

For this cycle of accreditation, Kendal at Ithaca also earned accreditation for its Dementia Care Specialty Program. This is the fourth consecutive period for which Kendal at Ithaca has achieved accreditation.

In an S&P Global Ratings report released Oct. 30, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services reaffirmed Kendal at Ithaca’s “BBB” rating with a stable outlook.

“The stable outlook reflects our anticipation that Kendal at Ithaca’s operating performance will remain positive in fiscal 2018 and through the two-year outlook period, supporting sufficient maximum annual debt service (MADS) coverage and ample liquidity as measured by days’ cash on hand,” the report states. “Kendal at Ithaca’s good business position and occupancy rates also support the stable outlook.”

Also, on Oct. 30, U.S. News & World Report designated Kendal at Ithaca one of the Best Nursing Homes for 2018–19. Kendal at Ithaca was rated as a top performer for its care of a wide range of resident conditions, including both long-term chronic care and shorter-term rehabilitation. U.S. News rated Kendal at Ithaca as High Performing overall, as well as for short-stay rehabilitation. In addition to these measures, U.S. News assessed nursing homes based on the appropriateness of the therapy minutes provided to residents, as well as the consistency of their reported nurse staffing across self-reported and payroll-based reporting systems.

The data used to evaluate nursing homes comes from the federal Nursing Home Compare program, found at It incorporates nurse staffing numbers, health inspection outcomes and quality measures for residents’ care. These parameters are graded and result in a “star ratings” from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Kendal at Ithaca has consistently been rated 5 stars.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas.