Contact: Megan Webster
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2007
Alexandria, Va. – The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today released ALFA’s Core Principles: Building Resident Centered Assisted Living Practices for the 21st Century, to state assisted living policymakers, elected officials and advocacy groups. The Core Principles features ALFA’s positions on the philosophy of assisted living, informed choice, licensure, resident rights, staff requirements and more. ALFA’s Core Principles were developed to articulate the association’s commitment to consumer choice, quality care, and quality of life for all Americans.
In the coming months, this document will expand to include a list of examples of best state regulatory practices that support ALFA’s Core Principles when individual states consider changes to existing law or regulation. While ALFA does not support one specific regulatory framework, the examples can be used as a guide.
“An important role of ALFA is to advocate for meaningful assisted living laws and regulations at the state level,” said Rick Grimes, president “We work with ALFA state affiliates and chapters, state legislators, state regulators and advocacy groups to shape assisted living statutes and regulations to serve the best interests of assisted living residents.”
Assisted living is an increasingly popular lifestyle option for seniors who need help in the activities of daily life, such as bathing, cooking and dressing. Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care that allows seniors to live with dignity and independence with the assistance they need. More than one million seniors live in assisted living communities in the United States.
About the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans.