About NCALA

About NCALA

The North Carolina Assisted Living Association is a non-profit trade association devoted to promoting the establishment and operation of quality assisted living communities in North Carolina.

Our more than 200 member communities provide appropriate, supportive housing and services for individuals with compromised health and safety needs and with varied income levels. NCALA members serve more than 14,000 residents, 4,500 of whom are low-income and who receive state assistance. Please read below NCALA’s Mission and “Things You Should Know About NCALA.”

NCALA is the state affiliate of Argentum (formerly known as the Assisted Living Federation of America, or ALFA), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the assisted living community. NCALA provides information, advocacy, and support to NC’s assisted living industry. One of the NCALA’s most important goals is to promote creative solutions for affordable assisted living services to low- and moderate-income consumers.

Tenets that are common to NCALA members are:

  • Communities serve seniors and frail elderly individuals.
  • Cost-effective care that is personalized for individual needs that promotes independence, dignity, and respect for residents.
  • Programming and care that involves family and friends, as appropriate.
  • Provides a safe, residential environment that interacts with, and is a part of, the surrounding community.

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NCALA’s Mission

  • To support social and residential models that provide alternative care options to elders or others who need assisted living services.
  • To educate consumers, regulators, legislators, and the general public about assisted living.
  • To serve the needs of the consumer and industry with regard to assisted living.
  • To advocate for outcome-oriented quality standards in the assisted living industry.

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Things You Should Know About NCALA

  1. The NCALA lobbyist, executive director, various members, and board members meet routinely with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to advocate for better Medicaid rates and public policies that affect our senior citizens and our communities.
  2. NCALA members represent NCALA at the highest level by participating in the Adult Care Licensure, Penalty Review Committee and the Informal Dispute Resolution.
  3. NCALA is the largest provider of state-approved assisted living administrator training and continuing education for all staff. In 2013/14, more than 215 students attended NCALA regional training, earning more than 940 CEUs. NCALA awarded more than 3000 CEUs at our 2013 Fall Conference & Trade Show.
  4. NCALA provides regulatory support to communities by providing onsite training to community staff when outside training is required by DHSR, as well as policy development in relation to the licensing of new communities and change of ownership.
  5. NCALA meets routinely with the Chief of the Adult Care Licensure Section, and meets with the DHSR Director as needed, to discuss current survey trends and specific community concerns.
  6. NCALA provides “find a community” services to families who seek high-quality assisted living communities that address their needs and budget.
  7. In 2000, NCALA supported efforts to create Special Care Units for seniors who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
  8. It took more than five years, but NCALA successfully lobbied to gain state funding for low-income seniors to stay in Special Care Units.

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More Information

For more information about NCALA and assisted living in North Carolina, follow the links below:

 

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