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Senior Star Receives Accreditation, Supports ASHA Website

NONPROFIT DONATIONS: Senior Star associates came together on Feb. 8 to make items for two nonprofit organizations, Family & Children’s Services and Community Action Project (CAP). From left are Pam Smith, with CAP Tulsa; Jenny Fairchild and John Peters, with Senior Star; Lacey Austin, with Family & Children's Services; and Julie Podewitz, Mark Ross and Anja Rogers, with Senior Star.

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Senior Star recently announced its three-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the launch of a new website by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA),, a website that Senior Star employee Letitia Jackson played a role in developing.

The CARF accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates Senior Star’s substantial conformance to more than 1,000 CARF standards for quality and pursuit of excellence.

Senior Star at Burgundy Place and Senior Star at Woodland Terrace were each awarded this honor in the following program: Independent Senior Living. This distinction places the communities as the only two organizations in Oklahoma to be CARF accredited for Independent Senior Living.

Choosing to be accredited by CARF is voluntary and a testament to Senior Star’s unwavering commitment to improve the quality of lives for the older adults and families in their care, says Shondel Bennett, executive director of Senior Star at Burgundy Place.

“We base our daily decisions on a set of core values, and earning CARF accreditation means our values are measurable with quality care,” says Bennett.

“It really means that families can expect excellence from our team,” says Sabrina Davidson, executive director of Senior Star at Woodland Terrace.

Senior Star also works to empower its residents and their families with information on aging well in a rapidly growing seniors housing industry. For that reason, Senior Star endorses the new website,, and its content.

The website offers a consultative approach and is a valuable resource for those searching for expert advice. Among the tools is a 16-page glossary of senior living terminology, as well as numerous videos, testimonials, and editorials from seniors and industry experts. The site also includes informational categories, such as choosing well to live well, comparing lifestyle options, learning about life at a retirement community, forming a plan to live well and longer, making a family decision, and preparing and managing finances.

The new website is part of ASHA’s five-year strategic plan designed to provide seniors, adult children and others with meaningful seniors housing information.

Updated 03-01-2017

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