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When choosing assisted living care, consumers are reliant on their state’s regulatory agencies to provide information about communities and their backgrounds. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly state by state. Here is a snapshot of the level of transparency in Pennsylvania:

How to Access Records

  • The Pennsylvania state licensing website includes compliance and inspections reports dating back more than five years.
  • Personal care home and assisted living records in Pennsylvania are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.

Tips for Families

  • Records and information about providers classified as "assisted living" as well as record for homes classified as "personal care homes", are available through the Human Services Provider Directory.
  • From the search form, select the type of community under the "service code" heading.
  • If you are unsure of the community type, look at records for both "assisted living" communities and "personal care homes."
  • From the search results, select "Inspection Summary" to view the results of the most recent inspection of the community or previous inspections.

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Pennsylvania Accessibility Criteria

Our ratings are based on the objective criteria outlined in the table below.
1Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form?Yes
2If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently?Yes
3If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
4Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online?Yes
5If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days]Yes
6If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities?Yes
7If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all?Yes
8Is information about special licensing for care shown?Yes
9Capacity shown?Yes
10Payment types shown? [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]Yes
11Administrator / Contact name shown?No
12State may fine facility?Yes
13Frequency of inspections?Every 12 months
14Website includes pricing of facility?No
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