Thrive at Home receives CARF accreditation for its life-care-at-home service

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FROM: Thrive at Home with Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden, CT 06517

For more information, please contact: Michelle M. Pandolfi, 203-848-2626,



Thrive at Home receives CARF accreditation for its life-care-at-home service


HAMDEN, CT, [Date]—Thrive at HomeSM with Whitney Center received accreditation on September 11, 2018, by CARF, the internationally-recognized benchmark of quality health and human services, according to Thrive at Home’s executive director, Michelle M. Pandolfi.

“Thrive at Home is the only ‘life care at home’ program in the country with this accreditation,” Pandolfi said.

Thrive at Home is a Hamden-based health and wellness membership program that helps seniors remain healthy and independent in their own homes for “the rest of their lives.” It affords members long-term personal care and services—if they are needed—in their own homes at no extra cost, depending on the membership level chosen. A team of Personal Service Partners are ready to assist members with virtually any need, including helping them navigate the health care system, arranging for care, and helping them manage property damage from a recent tornado.

To become accredited, Thrive at Home demonstrated its compliance with the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities’ (CARF) standards of excellence in governance and administration, finance, strategy, and health and wellness.

CARF’s standards in the category of “Home and Community Services” include fostering “a culture that supports autonomy, diversity, and individual choice,” while promoting the quality of life of the person served, according to the accreditation report. Accredited providers are also committed to continuous performance improvement and accountability to the community.

“We see this model of life-care-at-home—providing long-term care that a person would normally receive in facilities such as nursing homes or assisted livings in their own home—as the future of long-term care,” Pandolfi said.

Indeed, as the costs of health care continue to rise, Thrive at Home protects members’ assets from being exhausted by future care needs. The nationwide average annual cost of homemaker-companion services is over $100,000, according to a survey commissioned by Genworth in 2017. Nursing homes can cost over $500,000 annually.

Thrive at Home was launched in 2016 by Whitney Center, a not-for-profit senior living community occupying a 15-acre campus in Hamden. The program is an extension of Whitney Center’s mission of achieving excellence in senior living, grounded in the principle that all elders, regardless of physical or cognitive limitations, have the right to engage in life and seek fulfillment. Ideals of self-determination, lifelong learning, and continual growth are unbounded by age and embraced by a person-centered philosophy.  Whitney Center achieves this through the application of their values in creating engagement opportunities for those they serve to achieve their personal fulfillment.

Anyone wishing to learn more about Thrive at Home can contact executive director Michelle M. Pandolfi at 203-848-2626 and Thrive at Home regularly holds interactive overview seminars throughout the area where people can bring their questions and learn more about the program.