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(Cedar Falls, IA  3/11/2015)  Talk To Me Technologies today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing exceptional care.  

Talk To Me Technologies is a local manufacturer and provider of speech devices for clients with complex communication needs, including people who have suffered a stroke, adults with Lou Gehrig’s disease, children with developmental disabilities, among others. The company underwent an unannounced and rigorous on-site survey in January. During the survey, compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas was evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. Clients were interviewed and audits were performed.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, by The Joint Commission.

"When individuals engage a home care provider they want to be sure that provider is capable of providing safe, quality care,” said Margherita Labson, RN, M.S., executive director, Home Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “As the home care setting becomes increasingly popular, it is important that home care providers are able to demonstrate that they are capable of providing safe, high quality care.  Accreditation by The Joint Commission and the gold seal serve as an indication that the organization has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care.”

"Talk To Me Technologies is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Kate Dunning, co-owner, “We consider our business unique.  We are home grown – literally starting the business from my home nine years ago, to the 25 staff organization we are today.  Staff works very hard to strengthen the continuum of care and to deliver and maintain optimal services for our clients and families.  We are rewarded by our clients on a daily basis, but this accreditation sets us apart from our competitors and underscores the extra efforts we make in the areas of service and support.  This achievement came down to a one day inspection, yet, our proudest accomplishment is in knowing that we provide this level of care and support to our clients every single day.”

The Joint Commission’s home care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, home care providers and researchers, as well as industry experts, purchasers and consumers. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


Blog Category: News @ Talk To Me Technologies
Published on March 11, 2015 | by Talk To Me Technologies