About Us

The Florida Assisted Living Association is the oldest assisted living association in the state. We have been providing advocacy, education, and regulatory support for our members for more than 30 years. 

FALA was founded when three regional associations, Suncoast Adult Care Association (St. Petersburg/Clearwater), Florida Residential Care Association (Orlando), The Adult Care Association of Florida (Broward County), and many independent facility owners statewide, decided to join forces to create one voice for Adult Congregate Living Facilities (ACLFs) in Florida. This dynamic group's focus was on legislative action, government relations and making changes that would enhance the ACLF industry. FALA lobbied successfully through subsequent years to increase funding for assisted living facilities, find new sources of funding (Medicaid Waiver), and to change the then unpopular name of ACLFs to the preferred name that we use today, Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs).

In 2004, FALA's membership voted to amend our bylaws to allow membership for Adult Family Care Homes (AFCHs).

In 2006, FALA made history again by passing landmark legislation that moved ALF regulations from Florida Statute 400 to a new Florida Statute Chapter 429.

Today, FALA is the largest state association representing nearly 500 assisted living facilities and adult family care homes and nearly 300 associate members who provide products and services to assisted living.

Mission Statement

Promoting excellence in assisted care communities by providing education, standards, advocacy and consumer awareness.

Vision Statement

Ensuring Floridians have the best choices and quality services in the assisted care communities where you can live and age with dignity.

Values Statement

The board and staff are committed to these values while advancing a healthy vision for the future of the industry.


Chairman's Message

Dear Members and Visitors:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) website. FALA is a professional organization representing the owners and operators of assisted living facilities (ALFs) and adult family care homes (AFCHs) in the state of Florida. Our membership includes for-profit and not-for-profit ALFs and AFCHs ranging in size from three (3) beds to three hundred fifty (350) licensed beds. FALA’s priority is to assist members in providing the highest quality of care for the residents of assisted living facilities.

The association includes some of the most knowledgeable group of assisted living industry professionals in the state. FALA promotes best practices in operations, encourages high standards, and lobbies on behalf of its members and the industry. It is the leading provider of quality education and training for assisted living professionals and adult family care home providers in Florida. 
The FALA Board is enthusiastic about the future of our industry, and we appreciate those who participate and support the Florida Assisted Living Association. I encourage you to explore what we have to offer, stay connected, and make yourself and the industry stronger. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff.

Donna Damiani
Chairman, FALA