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On With Life is truly one-of-a-kind with recent CARF accreditation - May 29, 2019

On With Life is now the only freestanding inpatient rehabilitation program in the world accredited by CARF for children and adults for both brain injury and stroke specialty. On With Life is a world-class rehabilitation program in Ankeny that serves individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, concussion or complex neurological conditions through its continuum of care.


CARF International announced that On With Life, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its brain injury and stroke programs. With this accreditation, On With Life is the only freestanding rehabilitation program in the world outside of hospital accredited by CARF as an Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation program in brain injury and stroke for both children and adults. This is the first accreditation for On With Life’s stroke programs and eighth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the On With Life, Inc. continuum of services for brain injury programs.

“On With Life is well-respected as a thought leader in brain injury rehabilitation,” said Jean Shelton, CEO of On With Life. “Our team of experts is dedicated to serving individuals living with brain injury and neurological conditions, and we are honored to be recognized by CARF for the outstanding care we provide.”

The three-year accreditation includes the following programs:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Skilled Nursing: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Skilled Nursing: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents)

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Skilled Nursing: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults)

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Skilled Nursing: Stroke Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents)

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents)

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults)

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Stroke Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents)

  • Independent Evaluation Services (Adults)

  • Independent Evaluation Services (Children and Adolescents)

  • Home and Community Services: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)

  • Residential Rehabilitation Services: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. 


Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at carf.org.