Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford has received accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor, Providigm LLC, states the facility is continually assessing residents' quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of re-admissions to hospital.

"This accreditation signifies Village Crest is committed to continuously improving the care they provide based on feedback from residents and families," said Dr. Andrew Kramer, Providigm CEO.

Unlike other such rating systems, the Providigm QAPI accreditation is based on actions taken by nursing centers to identify and correct quality problems.

"We are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this accreditation," said administrator Andrew Krochko. "We take quality seriously. We strive to give our residents the quality of life and level of dignity they deserve."

Village Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of services including long-term care, short-stay rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and a stroke-recovery program.

Nicole Cadovius of New Milford, director of Connecticut Residential Services at Ability Beyond, was recently appointed vice president for the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Cadovius brings more than 20 years' expertise in programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aging, and those requiring medical and behavioral supports.

Her focus will be coordinating an aging symposium for AAIDD's 139th annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., as well as assisting with division duties.

Cadovius is also a Region X (New England, New York and Eastern Canada) board member and has been involved with AAIDD for more than seven years, currently serving the second half of her term as president for the state chapter.

She has also presented at several national conferences and has written for industry publications on aging challenges and reconfiguration ideas.

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