Pennsylvania Assisted Living Regulations and Records
By Sho LyMay 5, 2020
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When choosing an assisted living community, it is important to understand Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania assisted living records: Exceptional
Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Pennsylvania is exceptional. Key findings that informed this rating include:
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.
State provides exceptional access to assisted living records and licensing
How to look up Pennsylvania assisted living licenses and records
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.
Providers and inspection reports can be searched by region, county, zip code, and facility name.
From the search results, select “Inspection Summary” to view the results of the most recent inspection of the community or previous inspections.
How we arrived at our Pennsylvania 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? No
Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] Yes
If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? Yes
Is information about special licensing for care shown? No or N/A