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ALFA brings on former NASLIE members

THE ASSISTED LIVING FEDERATION OF America has more independent living and continuing care retirement community members among its ranks, thanks to a consolidation with the National Association of Senior Living Industry Executives.

ALFA and NASLIE leaders say the move is a reflection of the industry-wide shift to providing a continuum of care. With concerns about governmental oversight increasing, leaders also say a united body will give members a stronger voice at both the state and federal levels. "When there are so many associations t really does no one any good," says ALFA's President and CEO Karen Wayne.

Several of NASLIE's approximately 240 members were already members or leaders of ALFA, but the entire membership officially became part of ALFA on July 1. The announcement was made to NASLIE members at their annual spring expo in mid June. The two associations had talked informally about the prospect for about two years, but began serious discussions at ALFA's spring show in Dallas.

"NASLIE has been around a long time and they bring some fresh ideas and approaches," says Wayne. For instance, she hopes to implement a problem-solving approach used by NASLIE whereby small groups of members tackle specific issues in roundtable discussions and half-day work sessions.

James Stroud, chairman of NASLIE and a board member of ALFA, says NASLIE members will benefit from their access to increased resources through ALFA's state affiliates, training courses and materials, and lobbying efforts.

NASLIE's membership included primarily independent living and CCRC operators. The association was formed in 1985 as the first to represent senior housing providers. Many of those members are now adding or looking to add assisted living to their mix. Still, says Wayne, everybody that joins has an interest in assisted living, but that doesn't necessarily mean they offer assisted living or plan to," adding that there is still opportunity for partnering and referrals.

ALFA was formed in 1991 to represent the assisted living industry, and became a federation of state associations in 1996. The association's focus will remain on assisted living, but Wayne says that ALFA will also represent independent living and CCRC providers on issues particular to their services. "We feel the legislative issues are similar," she says, "but there will be some needs that are unique, and we will represent them."
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Title Annotation:industry associations
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 1999
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