NC Sr. Living Association Endorsement
Thank you NCSLA!
There are more than 25,000 assisted living workers across North Carolina, and these workers have been among the most affected by COVID-19. Josh Dobson, current state representative and candidate for North Carolina Labor Commissioner, recognizes the impact on this group of health care workers and continues to work toward better understanding individuals across senior living and how they can best be supported by legislature in Raleigh.
This commitment has been recognized by the North Carolina Senior Living Association (NCSLA), who announced their endorsement of Josh Dobson for Labor Commissioner this week, in line with a spotlight on the assisted living industry as a whole for National Assisted Living Week.
“We are happy to endorse Josh Dobson for N.C. Commissioner of Labor, because he brings the experience and leadership needed to take care of the dedicated health care heroes working across our state,” said Jeff Horton, Executive Director of NCSLA. “Josh has a strong plan for his role as Labor Commissioner, and I am confident that he has the best interest of all N.C. health care workers, and all N.C. workers in general, at the heart of his plan.”
The goal of the NCSLA to advance the knowledge of the profession by offering continuing education and advancing the standards in assisted living homes by working cooperatively with public & private agencies, state agencies, lawmakers and other professionals to ensure that quality of life for the residents of assisted living homes is preserved.
“When we think about health care workers, I think it’s natural to think about hospital workers, doctors, and nurses,” Dobson said. “But those that work in assisted living are equally deserving of recognition and legislative support, and that’s something I’m committed to as North Carolina’s next Labor Commissioner – ensuring all workers are well-represented and given the support they need to work safely.”
NCSLA serves as advocates for the assisted living industry by educating members of the North Carolina Legislature on challenges affecting the assisted living industry in the state including regulatory, policy and reimbursement issues. The association leadership also attends legislative meetings with the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Aging & Adult Services and others working for the best interest of protecting the senior population.
Dobson has worked with the NCSLA during his tenure in the General Assembly, and said he is looking forward to future partnerships aimed at keeping NC’s frontline caregivers working safely. As part of his campaign for the Labor Commissioner seat, Dobson is holding COVID-safe workforce listening sessions across the state, aimed at getting to know the individuals who keep North Carolina working together. Health care workers have been a large part of these sessions, including representative from the state’s assisted living communities.
“COVID-19 has been a challenge for all health care workers, especially those in senior living with a population particularly vulnerable to the virus,” said Imari Littman, executive director for Springs of Catawba, an assisted living community in Hickory where Dobson met with staff. “Our team here is truly made up of health care heroes, and it’s good for them to have this opportunity to sit down with someone from the state legislature and just be heard. It means a lot to us that he is taking the time to listen to not just us, but our friends and colleagues across our industry.”
Our mission is to provide effective leadership and assistance to its members by addressing relevant issues and challenges within the industry. We strive to unite in fellowship owners, operators, managers & employers of assisted living homes to promote professionalism & high standards while forming partnerships with other agencies and individuals who have interest in the aging and disabled citizens of NC. Our goal is to advance the knowledge of the profession by offering continuing education and advancing the standards in assisted living homes by working cooperatively with public and private agencies, state agencies, lawmakers and other professionals to ensure that quality of life for the residents of assisted living homes is preserved.