Advocates for Georgia's Elderly Since 1953


The Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GHCA/GCAL) has represented long term care providers in the state for over sixty years and currently serves skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and SOURCE agencies. Through quality advancement initiatives, lobbying efforts, informative educational seminars and operational support, GHCA/GCAL continues to strive to meet our members’ needs and the best interests of the long term care profession.

GHCA/GCAL is proud to also represent a growing base of companies that share a genuine interest with GHCA/GCAL in furthering the quality of long term and post-acute care and the success of the profession. GHCA/GCAL Associate Members support programs and services that bring improvements to long term care and help to create strategies to address a variety of issues affecting the profession including revised policies and regulations, staffing shortages, Medicare and Medicaid funding, tort reform and quality advancement.
GHCA/GCAL is committed to continuously improve the quality of life of all persons requiring post-acute care and long term health care. To achieve these goals, GHCA/GCAL provides education, conventions and networking events throughout the year to give our members the tools they need to succeed. Our members exceed national averages for overall ratings on yearly performance measurement and benchmarking satisfaction surveys and continue to cultivate leaders within their centers who demonstrate deep dedication to quality and clinical excellence.
GHCA/GCAL also works closely with government agencies and other trade and professional associations in developing, amending, and implementing, sound legislation, regulatory policies, and standards of care. GHCA/GCAL works to influence society and government to invest in the wellbeing of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens and to increase access to care. GHCA/GCAL is committed to aiding in the development of necessary and reasonable public policies that balance economic and regulatory principles to support quality care and quality of life. GHCA/GCAL is dedicated to professionalism and ethical behavior among all who provide post-acute and long term care, thus earning the confidence and trust of Georgia’s public.

​Click here for a GHCA/GCAL Membership Packet


Skilled Nursing Membership

Skilled Nursing Members are licensed skilled nursing care centers in the State of Georgia. Skilled Nursing Membership in the Association requires concurrent membership in the American Health Care Association. For a skilled nursing center to be eligible for membership, all commonly owned licensed long term care centers must also be members.

Annual Dues Structure

$69 per licensed bed (includes AHCA dues of $20.60/bed & GHCA dues of $48.40/bed)

Assisted Living/Personal Care Home Membership

Assisted Living/PCH Members are long term centers licensed as assisted living communities, personal care facilities with 25 beds or more, or personal care facilities with less than 25 beds provided that any such facility with less than 25 beds is owned by or under common ownership with a Skilled Nursing Member and meets the requirements of GHCA.

Annual Dues Structure

$26 per licensed bed (includes NCAL dues of $10.50/bed & GHCA dues of $15.50/bed)

SOURCE Membership

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) Members provide a State Plan service for primary care enhanced case management that serves frail elderly and disabled beneficiaries to avoid preventable hospital and nursing home admissions. The SOURCE program builds on the state’s primary care case management program, George Better Health Care Program (GBHC).

Annual Dues Structure

$650 - Case Load < 500
$1,000 – Case Load > 500

Benefits – Regular, Assisted Living/PCH, and SOURCE Membership

Advocacy & Legislative Efforts
GHCA/GCAL's Legislative and PAC leadership advocates on behalf of our members with a year-round focus on educating legislators on the needs of Georgia's most vulnerable citizens and key issues concerning the long term and post-acute care profession.
Education & Professional Development
Throughout the year, GHCA/GCAL provides education designed to help members achieve in the everchanging long term and post-acute health care landscape. In addition to trainings hosted in newly renovated training and conference rooms at GHCA/GCAL Headquarters, GHCA/GCAL hosts education throughout Georgia to enable members in all areas of the State to attend. GHCA/GCAL hosts a Winter Convention and Summer Convention each year that feature top-notch education and abundant networking opportunities.
Reimbursement, Quality & Regulatory Support
GHCA/GCAL provides the tools and assistance skilled nursing centers and other long term and post-acute care settings need to provide high quality care. Additionally, GHCA provides timely information and expert guidance to members regarding reimbursement, quality and regulatory issues impacting providers.
Workforce Development Efforts
Recruitment and retention of a competent workforce is a top priority for skilled nursing and assisted living providers in Georgia. GHCA/GCAL supports members in their efforts to attract, recruit and retain skilled caregivers and provides various workforce development tools and resources designed to assist our members in those efforts.
Strategic Member Communications
GHCA/GCAL members benefit from strategic member communications designed to keep them informed of the latest issues of importance in long term and post-acute care. Members receive important information in real time through targeted member alerts. Additionally, GHCA/GCAL members receive the GHCA/GCAL Weekly Newsfront, a weekly publication featuring a round up of need to know information in an easy to read format, and the GHCA/GCAL Annual Report.
Media Outreach & Public Relations Efforts
GHCA is steadfast in its mission to promote the positive image of skilled nursing care centers, assisted living communities and SOURCE agencies in Georgia, and works to ensure the long term care provider’s perspective is always represented. GHCA/GCAL works to enhance the perception of skilled nursing centers through media relations, grassroots efforts, and more. 
GHCA/GCAL members have exclusive access to members only tools and resources on the GHCA/GCAL website.
GHCA/GCAL Online Career Center
The GHCA/GCAL Career Center allows member centers to post available employment opportunities free of charge. Additionally, the Career Center allows those seeking employment in long term care to view available jobs and submit resumes through their website.
AHCA/NCAL Membership Benefits
In addition to GHCA membership, Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Members also have access to AHCA benefits as well.
  • Access information on AHCA’s website, including:
    • Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Care toolkits and reports
    • State of the State Clearing House
    • Grassroots and advocacy programs
  • Nominations to participate in AHCA/NCAL Committees
  • LTC Trend tracker
  • ahcancalED, an educational platform providing resources and technical assistance on payroll based journal, five star, requirements of participation, etc.
  • AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards Program
  • Educational webinars
  • Various AHCA/NCAL conferences (e.g., Quality Summit, Owners Conference, Congressional Briefing) and Annual Convention
  • Discounts on the Infection Preventionist Training program (IPCO), Gero Nurse Prep, and the CARES Dementia Training Program
  • Discounts in the AHCA/NCAL bookstore
  • Email updates and electronic newsletters like Capitol Connection and Provider Daily
  • Provider magazine

Affiliate Memberships for Center Staff
GHCA/GCAL offers members an opportunity to empower their employees through affiliate group memberships. GHCA/GCAL affiliate groups offer a variety of benefits, including specialized education, networking opportunities, and access to tools and resources designed to assist in professional development. Click here to learn more.

Click here for a Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Membership Flyer

Click here for an Affiliate Group Membership Flyer


Associate Membership

GHCA Associate Members are any businesses, firms, organizations, corporations, or other groups that provide services to the long term care profession. Communities in development are eligible for Associate Membership until such time they are issued a license and meet the requirements of a Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living/PCH, or SOURCE Member.

Annual Dues Structure

$550 per Company


Benefits - Associate Membership

GHCA/GCAL Associate Members have access to specific benefits designed to enhance the visibility of their products and services to long term and post-acute care providers in the State:
  • GHCA/GCAL Membership Directory
  • Company listing in the Membership Directory
  • Serve on GHCA committees and attend GHCA Board meetings
  • Education designed specifically for Associate Members
  • Exclusive sponsorship opportunities throughout the year
  • Exhibitor & sponsorship opportunities at Winter & Summer Conventions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Members only resources on the GHCA/GCAL website
  • Latest news & updates in Long Term Care


Click here for an Associate Membership Flyer