Rochester COA to Hold Accreditation Forum

Once again, the Rochester Council on Aging will be going through a year-long process to seek National Senior Center Accreditation, under the auspices of the National Council on the Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers.  The goal is to achieve national accreditation for the Rochester Senior Center for a second 5-year term.  The first accreditation was achieved in 2007.

The first six to nine months of the process involves a comprehensive assessment of the senior center’s operation, which is categorized into nine  different operational standards.  This assessment is ideally accomplished through the involvement of many community friends & partners who are willing to serve on one of the nine standards’ committees.

Individuals are invited to find out more about the project and the process by attending an informational forum, on Thursday, September 13, at 2:30 pm at the senior center. To find out more about the process, its benefits, requirements, and just how you can help, all are encouraged to attend.

If you can serve on a committee, your maximum time commitment may be as much as 20 hours in a year, or as little as 3 hours in a year, depending on the committee chosen.  No specific skills or experiences are necessary to participate.  All ages are welcome.

The Senior Center will serve the community more effectively by re-examining its own programs and services to identify unmet needs and interests, and to plan for the growing demographics as the baby boomers are entering our service range.  This means keeping up with the fast pace of change, including the assessment of what we are currently offering and unable to offer, as well as the overall operation of the facility.

For more information, call Sharon at the Rochester Senior Center at 508-763-8723.

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