Maine Assisted Living Regulations | A Place for Mom
By Sho LyMay 5, 2020
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When choosing an assisted living community, it is important to understand Maine state regulations for assisted living facilities and know how to look up assisted living license information. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly by state.
We developed a system to rate each state on how easy – or difficult – it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and compiled tips to help you in your search.
States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.
Access to Maine assisted living records: Moderate
Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Maine is moderate. Key findings that informed this rating include:
Maine has a good search form for finding licensed communities and information about them, but was marked down significantly because it does not make information about inspections and violations available online.
Maine conducts inspections of communities on at least an annual basis.
State provides moderate access to assisted living records and licensing
How to look up Maine assisted living licenses and records
You can also visit the US Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to locate the appropriate long-term-care ombudsman. The long-term care ombudsman can often provide specific information about communities and their backgrounds.
If you need to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get records, consider browsing the state-by-state resources from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, which includes sample state-specific FOIA letters.
How we arrived at our Maine rating
We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:
Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? No
If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] No or N/A
If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No or N/A
If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? No
Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes