A vital role of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is to advocate on behalf of senior living and the residents served by senior living companies. ALFA works with its state affiliates and chapters, along with legislators, regulators and advocacy groups to ensure that senior living laws and regulations serve the best interests of senior living providers, their residents and family members. ALFA supports meaningful and appropriate oversight of assisted living in each state.
ALFA’s Public Policy Positions, promulgated and approved by the ALFA Board of Directors, are used to guide ALFA’s efforts in shaping public policy. These Public Policy Positions encourage consumer choice, quality care and accessibility for all Americans needing assistance with long-term services and support. In addition, please feel free to learn about ALFA's Core Principles.
ALFA Public Policy Positions
Assisted Living is regulated in all 50 states and ALFA supports the continuation of regulatory oversight at the state level. ALFA does not recommend one singular approach to regulatory oversight but rather supports sufficient flexibility to allow adaptation to state needs. However ALFA does support certain public policy principles that we believe should be included in every state’s assisted living legislative or regulatory framework.
Senior Living PhilosophyThe philosophy of senior living is unique and sets it apart from institutional settings. This philosophy provides seniors with a home and community based option that is consumer driven. Seniors are integrated into the community at large, and the community is integrated into the senior living environment. ALFA’s senior living provider members are professionally managed and appropriately licensed as required by state law. The philosophy of senior living supports ALFA’s core principles of choice, independence, dignity, accessibility and quality of life for all seniors.
The decision of when to move in or out of a senior living community is a personal decision that takes thoughtful planning. Unfortunately and too frequently, the decision of when a resident has to leave a senior living community is made not by the resident or family, but by state regulations. ALFA supports the concept of informed choice whereby senior living providers disclose information to consumers to allow them the opportunity to make an informed decision about where to live.
Residents of senior living do not “check their rights” at the front door upon moving into a community. To assume that someone cannot continue to have the same rights to privacy, independence, and decision making, no matter where they live, is discriminatory.
Senior Living communities provide a wide range of services and amenities to seniors with different needs and desires. Senior living communities must hire qualified staff with a servant heart to care for seniors.
Maintaining a residential building that is also safe is a major concern for senior living residents. There are a number of safety measures that can be incorporated into the physical plant to help ensure the safety of the residents. Because fire safety is regulated by state and local building codes, it is imperative that there be a coordinated and consistent fire safety plan.
All 50 states regulate assisted living. Independent living must also comply with various fire safety and food service requirements. Adequate oversight and enforcement of state and local regulations is critical to ensure provider compliance with state laws and regulations.
Zero Tolerance for Abuse
A responsibility of caring for seniors is to make sure they are protected from financial and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
As an extension of ALFA’s public awareness initiatives and ALFA’s zero tolerance stance on elder abuse, ALFA encourages senior living communities to participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th and to help prevent elder abuse year round. Learn more and help fight elder abuse by organizing an event for your senior living community.
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PUBLIC Policy News
If you are interested in following ALFA's public policy efforts, please visit the Public Policy News page.