Sarah Smith, director of home and community based services at Gulf Coast Village, has completed the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical exam. With the completion of the course, Smith is now a certified Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Specialist and may use the COS-C designation.
To become an OASIS Specialist, individuals must pass a 100-question exam. The exam allows participants to demonstrate their understanding of OASIS data collection. The OASIS Specialist-Clinical exam is the only nationally standardized and psychometrically validated test that evaluates how well a clinician knows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ OASIS guidelines. The exam is sponsored by OASIS Answers, Inc. and is voluntary.
In her role at Gulf Coast Village, Smith oversees the community’s Medicare certified home health agency as the administrator and director of clinical services, as well as Gulf Coast Village’s home care private duty operations. Smith also oversees Senior Choice at Home’s care coordinators.
“I love working in home services, and I love that my staff has such a positive impact on helping people maintain independence in their homes, whether their home is a single-family home, condo, independent living apartment or assisted living apartment,” said Smith, director of home and community based services at Gulf Coast Village. “I’m eager to continue to implement my OASIS knowledge in the work I do.”
Smith is a previous recipient of the Lee Health Nursing Excellence Award and has worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 25 years. Smith joined Gulf Coast Village in 2018.
About Gulf Coast Village
Founded in 1989, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, specialized memory support, skilled nursing, home health, rehabilitation services and Senior Choice at Home, a continuing care at home program. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information, call 239-772-1333 or visit GulfCoastVillage.org.
About Volunteers of America National Services
Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS). VOANS is a nonprofit, mission-based organization dedicated to helping those in need to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, VOANS’s ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America National Services helps almost 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. For more information about Volunteers of America National Services, visit VOANS.org.