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Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas assisted living records: High

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Texas is high. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Texas has a robust database that is searchable by city, county, and zip code.
  • Texas’ state website lists the number of substantiated complaints dating back three years, and provides access to specifics of investigations and inspections occurring within the last year.
  • Texas has fallen recently in ranking due to the database not receiving an update in some time.
State provides high access to assisted living records and licensing

How to look up Texas assisted living licenses and records

  • Visit the Texas DADS website dedicated to long-term care: Long-term Care Provider Search.
  • Where prompted, enter the city, county, or zip code of the community or area you are researching.
  • Go to the results all assisted living communities unless you already know the licensing type of the community or communities you are researching.
  • Type B assisted living communities are able to offer care to residents with limited mobility or memory loss.
  • For more recently updated licensing information, visit the Assisted Living Facilities page.

How we arrived at our Texas 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:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] No
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? No
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? No or N/A
  9. Capacity shown? Yes
  10. Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? Yes
  11. Administrator / Contact name shown? Yes
  12. State may fine facility? Yes
  13. Frequency of inspections? Every 24 months
  14. Website includes pricing of facility? No

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Sho Ly