Accreditation, Awards & Recognitions

An Industry Leader Since 1994

There are more than 1,900 CCRCs around the country, but only 14% of them are accredited. RiverWoods was one of the youngest communities to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the nation’s only accrediting body for these types of communities.

In the spring of 2014, RiverWoods was re-accredited for five additional years while also earning placement in the top three percent of accredited communities nationwide.

Our CARF Accreditation Report

The following highlights are excerpted from the accreditation report:

  • RiverWoods has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is clearly visible and deeply embedded…The organization promotes a person-centered environment with a comprehensive array of programs and services that is designed by, with, and for the individual resident.
  • The staff at RiverWoods is an efficient and caring component of the organization’s success. The fond relationship established between residents and staff is visible and heartfelt.
  • RiverWoods offers a variety of activities for all residents to foster and support a full range of health and wellness aspects, including physical, emotional/metal, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, and vocational.
  • The Resident Council is active, is involved, and seeks opportunities to meet the relevant needs, concerns, and desires of its fellow residents.
  • Resident Education Committee is one of the most active committees at RiverWoods. Outside speakers, as well as residents with specific expertise, education, and/or experience on a wide variety of subjects are routinely scheduled to provide educational sessions, discussion groups, and skills training.

The Leadership team encourages resident feedback

Through resident and staff surveys with analysis, open discussion forums, resident council forums, and regular town hall coffee gatherings with the CEO.

Awards & Recognition

RiverWoods, our staff, and residents have received many awards and honors, including:

  • Innovation of the Year Award by LeadingAge Maine and New Hampshire for two programs: Hearing Loop System Tables and RiverWoods Business Management Program
  • Business of the Year NH Magazine and NH Association of Chambers of Commerce
  • Business of the Year Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leading Age 50th Anniversary Celebrate Age Exhibit Honoring four RiverWoods Residents for making a difference by sharing their creative talents, serving others and making the world a better place to live.
  • Health Innovator Award For dedication to wellness by New Hampshire Business Review
  • Business New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For
  • American Industry of Architects (AIA) Merit Award Design and planning of the Ridge and the Boulders communities
  • American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company RiverWoods is a 3-Year Gold-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company
  • Outstanding Women in Business Justine Vogel, President and CEO of RiverWoods

Certified Organic Landscaping

Since our founding, one of our Core Values has been Sustainability. In the last 10 years, the Landscaping Services Team at RiverWoods Exeter has pursued a holistic, natural regimen of care for our grounds and lawns, using cutting-edge organic alternatives to synthetic products. This effort allows our residents and staff to enjoy the natural environment in which we are located without exposure to potentially harmful products.

RiverWoods Exeter is working towards accreditation with the New England Organic Farming Association, to be the only certified organic organization in New Hampshire, and the first CCRC in the nation — and the world — to utilize organic estate management procedures.

Our Sustainable Landscaping Program has resulted in:

  • Reduced water consumption
  • Elimination of fertilizers that harm the Great Bay and other waterways.
  • Enhanced/repaired organic structure of our soil
  • Reduction of the RiverWoods Exeter carbon footprint
  • Minimized contact by employee and residents with synthetic compounds
  • Upcycle of kitchen waste into useful compost