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Overall Rating


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 Washington State:

Key Findings

  • Assisted living records in Washington State are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.
  • Washington assisted living records are available through a convenient online search form.

How to Access Records

  • Visit Washington State's DSHS site: Adult Family Home Locator
  • Enter a city or zip code to narrow your search.
  • Click a community name from the search results for more information.
  • Communities that have recently been subject to enforcement actions are specially marked in the results.

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Washington 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 or N/A
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?Yes
12State may fine facility?Yes
13Frequency of inspections?Every 15 months
14Website includes pricing of facility?No
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