Florida Center for Assisted Living
Opportunities & Challenges for Assisted Living Communities
On a national level, the Assisted Living Workgroup formed in 2001 at the request of Senator John Breaux asked assisted living stakeholders to develop recommendations to ensure consistent access to quality care for assisted living residents. 18 months later the group of consumer advocates, assisted living providers, health care professionals, aging organizations and regulatory agencies presented their recommendations U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
A recent national collaboration of founding members consisting of lawyer groups seeks to improve assisted living facility services by overlaying federal controls and inspections on top of the state oversight.
In Florida, the Department of Elder Affairs has introduced new administrative law in 2006 affecting changes in assisted living facility definitions; license application, change of ownership and provisional licenses; license renewal and conditional licenses; licensing criteria; residency criteria and admission procedures; resident care standards; medication practices; staffing standards; resident elopement procedures; staff training requirements and competency test; physical plant standards; records; adverse incident reports; resident contracts; emergency management; limited mental health; extended congregate care services; limited nursing services; and administrative enforcement.
FHCA and FCAL
We have been asked by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) to represent the assisted living profession in Florida. As our national affiliate, NCAL will be your partner too, when you join FCAL. You already know that a strong, united front carries the day when national issues are at stake. As a national policy leader, NCAL represents the assisted living community's legislative interests in Washington. NCAL is an active participant and serves on the Board of Directors of the newly created Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). Learn more about membership in FCAL by visiting Member Benefits & Services.