Iowa Health Care Association and Iowa Center for Assisted Living
The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) serve the long term care profession as nonprofit trade associations. Our 650+ member organizations span the continuum long term and post-acute health care in Iowa.
IHCA ICAL members provide services to Iowa’s frail and elderly served through nursing facilities, assisted living communities, residential care facilities, home health and hospice agencies, community-based services, and senior housing. We are dedicated to enhancing long term and post-acute health care in Iowa by providing leadership, advocacy, information, and education to a broad range of providers, consumers, government agencies, and others comprising the long term and post-acute health care community.
IHCA and ICAL are affiliates of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), and National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). AHCA is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and sub-acute care providers who care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally each day. NAHC, a non-profit organization, represents the nation's 33,000 home care and hospice provider organizations. Our national affiliates maintain legislative, regulatory, public affairs, and member services staff who assist in promoting the interests of their member providers at the national level.
Who IHCA ICAL serves
IHCA members represent providers of long term and post-acute care services in many areas and settings, including nursing facilities, assisted living communities, residential care facilities, home health, hospice, and senior living. Our members serve more than 42,000 Iowans in the long term and post-acute care continuum. These organizations employ more than 30,000 people who provide quality care and services to Iowa’s frail and elderly.
IHCA ICAL’s mission
- To innovate ways and empower caregivers in long term and home care settings to better serve those in need of care.
- To develop and protect the ability of the long term and home care providers to deliver, with integrity, responsive health care and others services to persons in a safe and secure environment.
- To ensure long term and post-acute care standards and legislation positively support our members’ efforts to provide quality care by working closely with state and federal legislators and regulatory agencies that impact the long term and post-acute care continuum policy issues.
- To educate consumers to make informed decisions on care options.
Iowa’s frail and elderly citizens are entitled to a supportive and ethical environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered.
This belief compels IHCA ICAL and its members to advocate not only for the long term and home care provider community, but also for individuals who, because of physical or psychological needs, require services at home or in a long term and post-acute care settings. We are dedicated to professionalism, ethical behavior, and integrity among all who provide and continually strive to achieve a higher quality of care.