The Ohio Assisted Living Association (OALA) represents the largest number of assisted
living communities of any organization in the state. Representing over 370 Ohio communities,
we are a strong voice on all issues affecting assisted living. Our mission is to
promote the continued growth of quality assisted living in Ohio, and to ensure its
place as an integral part of the long-term care continuum.
To accomplish our mission, we support assisted living providers through representation,
information dissemination and education on all aspects of assisted living and act
as a resource for the public on assisted living.
We are very active legislatively, informing legislators about assisted living, impacting
proposed legislation, and at times, initiating legislation. We also work on a regular
basis with all agencies (governmental and other) affecting assisted living, sharing
our knowledge and understanding of the industry and the issues before them. Joining
our staff in this effort is our government relations team, Capitol Advocates, providing
our Association with a broader and more consistent presence at the Statehouse.
Education is at the core of our mission, whether it be through advocacy at the Statehouse
or in government agency offices or with members, keeping them informed and offering
them opportunities to add to or reinforce their skills and knowledge in our field
and providing them the opportunity to network with others in the industry. We provide
these services through our web site, newsletters, email updates, scheduled conferences
and training. We also provide interaction for businesses and companies providing
goods and services to our industry through our trade shows, on-line listings, and
industry partner memberships. Finally, our web site serves as a resource for consumers
of assisted living offering a listing of communities across the state, a checklist
for visiting and selecting an assisted living community and other programs and resources
available to them.
Our Association formed in 1993, to ensure assisted living its own voice, is governed
by a Board of Trustees and supported by member dues and activities. Our membership
is diverse encompassing all the models of assisted living in Ohio, from small to
large, freestanding to part of a continuing care campus, individually owned to corporately
owned and/or religiously affiliated, all united by a commitment and belief in assisted