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Newton Presbyterian Manor earns zero-deficiency rating

[caption id="attachment_6062" align="alignnone" width="625"]Staff celebrate being recognized as a deficiency-free community. Newton Presbyterian Manor staff celebrate being recognized as a deficiency-free community.[/caption]

Newton Presbyterian Manor earned a zero-deficiency survey for both its assisted living and health care centers from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services following its annual inspection in July.

“We are very proud of this achievement by our employees,” said Marc Kessinger, executive director. “It is their commitment to our mission and residents that led to a deficiency-free survey. Because we are blessed with a great team that is dedicated to Newton Presbyterian Manor and each other, we’ve created a foundation that enables us to provide quality services for seniors every day.”

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. According to the medicare.gov website, the average number of deficiencies on annual surveys in Kansas is 10.2.

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 dining choices, to dental care; from frequency of physician visits to ease of access to their mail.

“Being recognized as a deficiency-free community offers evidence of our employees’ compassion and desire to make Newton Presbyterian Manor a place our residents are happy to call home,” Kessinger said.

The achievement by Newton Presbyterian Manor places the retirement community in the top tier of survey performances in Kansas.

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