About Us

Arizona ALFA – The Voice of Assisted Living

Arizona ALFA is a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides education, information and advocacy for assisted living communities within Arizona.

It has more than 300 members, of which seventy percent are members of Arizona ALFA assisted living centers and professional managed assisted living homes.

The organization answers regulatory questions and provide assistance, education and training to meet state required training mandate, making it easier for its members to conduct business.

our history

Arizona ALFA President & CEO Karen Barno has been leading the way for the organization since its inception 23 years ago. She is one of five founders.

A nationally recognized senior housing expert, Barno has been professionally media trained and can speak to the following topics (to name a few):

• COVID-19 impact
• Available jobs
• FAQs for aging parents
• Benefits of senior housing communities
• Senior housing real estate market


What we provide:
advocacy, support and education



Engaging influential individuals to promote change in an innovative and evidence-based advocacy strategy. Arizona ALFA’s goal is to build strong relationships with elected officials to enhance and advance assisted living in Arizona.



As the state’s leading association in assisted living, Arizona ALFA is dedicated to supporting an industry that provides assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services for Arizona’s older adults. Developing Arizona’s Workforce is Arizona ALFA’s solution to bridging the information gap between current and future employees and industry professionals.



Arizona ALFA’s resource library including reports, regulations, and laws that govern assisted living and videos on critical issues facing assisted living. Senior living supplier resource directory to help Provider looking for products and services.