The State Guide to Assisted Living Records & Reports project
was undertaken to provide senior care consumers, elder advocates,
and industry researchers something that has never before been
available: a detailed snapshot of each state's accessibility to
public information regarding assisted living licensure, monitoring,
and deficiency reporting.
For every state and the District of Columbia, the Guide outlines
the assisted living regulatory agency's process of providing public
records, details the level of transparency within the records, and
ranks how that compares to other states.
The data was compiled by A Place for Mom's Regulatory Licensing
Team, part of the company's Legal Department. The Team is charged
with confirming, twice a year that all communities in A Place for
Mom's referral network are licensed and in compliance with
applicable State and Federal regulations.
This ongoing audit of communities requires using various methods
of gathering public information released by each state. The process
ranges from utilizing state websites and searching public databases
to completing Freedom of Information Act request
forms and speaking with numerous state representatives.
Auditing over the years has provided immensely valuable insight
into the quality of agencies' processes currently in place to
provide this critical information to families. The Licensing Team
collaborated with the A Place for Mom Content Team to publicize
this insight in a way that would be useful for consumers: an
interactive map providing an overview on transparency and
instructions for obtaining information.
To rank the states' accessibility, each agency was evaluated
according to more than a dozen separate objective criteria. The criteria
were weighted by relative importance, and the state was assigned an