The National Association of Health Care Assistants was formally established in 1995 by former certified nursing assistants Lori Porter and Lisa Cantrell. Initially working as caregivers, both moved up the nursing home management ladder, Lori eventually becoming a licensed nursing home administrator and Lisa a director of nursing.

Throughout their careers, they remained focused on their years as caregivers, realizing that nursing assistants are both the backbone and the heart and soul of the long term care profession.

With these beliefs as their framework, the pair began formulating a plan to fully recognize the contributions caregivers make to long term care. Their goal was to assure the highest quality of care was provided to the nations elders living in nursing homes, achieved by elevating the professional standing and performance of nursing assistants. In 1995, they formally established NAHCA as a professional association of caregivers for caregivers.




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