Long Term Care Organizations React to ANSI Hearing

Press Release | February 18, 2020 | by Lisa Sanders

LeadingAge, American Seniors Housing Association and National Center for Assisted Living issue a joint statement following hearing on Feb. 18, 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. February 18, 2020 — The following is a joint statement from David Schless, President of the American Seniors Housing Association; Katie Smith Sloan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LeadingAge; and Scott Tittle, Executive Director of the National Center for Assisted Living in response to today’s hearing regarding Argentum’s application to become an accredited standards developer through the American National Standards Institute:

“Quality is the utmost priority for all providers who care for older adults. With four predominant organizations representing senior living, each plays a unique role in shaping our profession’s future and in serving its respective members. However, when initiatives demonstrate potential to have a widespread effect on the entire profession, it is important that we work together—as well as with all senior living stakeholders—to reach an overwhelming consensus. One association alone should not have full discretion to embark on such an immense effort.

“Regardless of the outcome of today’s hearing, we welcome a more collaborative relationship among all our provider organizations as we continue to seek solutions to improve the quality of care in America’s senior living communities.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SENIORS HOUSING ASSOCIATION Created in 1991, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) represents the interests of more than 550 companies involved in the finance, development and operation of the full spectrum of housing and services for seniors – including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care (or life plan) communities. ASHA primarily focuses on legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and educational opportunities and networking for senior living executives. In 2016, ASHA expanded its focus to include consumer education, launching the Where You Live Matters digital initiative, which has served over 500,000 seniors and their adult children.

ABOUT LEADINGAGE We represent more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we address critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building. We bring together the most inventive minds in our field to support older adults as they age wherever they call home. We make America a better place to grow old. For more information: www.leadingage.org

ABOUT AHCA/NCAL The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA). AHCA/NCAL represents approximately 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.