Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities
Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities
Kentucky Center for Assisted Living
What We Do

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) is the trade association that represents propriety and nonproprietary nursing facilities and personal care homes across the Commonwealth. A state affiliate of the American Health Care Association, KAHCF provides a wide variety of services to member facilities including legislative and regulatory activities, professional development, statewide recognition programs, publications, media relations, research, and advocacy relations.

In order to meet the growing needs of the membership, Statewide Insurance Services (SIS) was incorporated in 1992 as a subsidiary of KAHCF. SIS provides association members with an array of insurance services as well as providing financial support to KAHCF.

In 1998, the Kentucky Health Care Foundation, Inc. (KHCF) was established to address the growing workplace and educational needs of long term care professionals. The purpose and mission of KHCF is to enhance quality care in the long-term care continuum through research, education, innovation and partnerships, as supported by charitable contributions.

Our History

The KAHCF was founded by Ira O. Wallace in 1954. In addition to his contributions to the nursing home industry in Kentucky, Wallace also served as the American Nursing Home Association’s secretary from 1954-56 and president from 1957-59.

Since 1970, KAHCF has annually presented the distinguished Ira O. Wallace Award to an individual who has served as a dedicated leader in the association. 

Past Ira O. Wallace Award Winners

Member Involvement

The KAHCF Board of Director is responsible for establishing and monitoring association policy. Members of the KAHCF Board of Directors are elected annually by association members during a General Business Meeting. Delegates to KAHCF's General Business meeting are selected by member facilities and include representatives of all levels of care and ownership categories.

Members are given an additional voice by participating on various committees addressing issues related to reimbursement, regulations, legislation/public policy, education, workforce and public relations.

Past Board Chairs

Facility Recognition

The Facility of the Year Award was presented from 1974-2016 to the nursing facility which represented quality nursing home care at its best in Kentucky. Professionals from outside the industry judged each competing facility based on the criteria of patient care, staff services, documented goals and objectives, and community involvement. This award was replaced by the Best of Kentucky award in 2017.

Facility of the Year

Best of Kentucky Nursing and Rehabilitation