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Improved State Guide to Assisted Living Records

Alissa Sauer
By Alissa SauerJuly 19, 2018

Four years ago we launched our “State Guide to Assisted Living Records and Reports,” the first thorough evaluation of the accessibility and openness of assisted living records across the United States.

 We are excited to announce that we recently updated our State Guide to Assisted Living Records and Reports so that we can continue to provide you with the most relevant information in your search for quality senior living.

Access to Assisted Living Records Is Crucial in Search for Quality Care

It can be hard for families to find reliable information about the background and licensing of potential assisted living communities, because assisted living communities are regulated by the state, as opposed to nursing homes, which are regulated at both the state and federal levels. Fortunately, A Place for Mom is deeply familiar with each state’s level of transparency as we are vigilantly researching the backgrounds of our providers.

Our Regulatory Licensing Team conducts an ongoing review of the communities in our network (and those who have applied to join our network) to ensure they are appropriately licensed and there have not been any gross violations in recent history.

We looked at all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to assess the accessibility of information to consumers on more than 12 separate objective criteria.

We evaluated the ease of finding records and reports by examining:

  • How often mandatory inspections are conducted
  • Whether a list of licensed assisted living providers is available online
  • Whether records such as inspection reports and substantiated complaints are posted online
  • Whether the information can be accessed via a convenient search form
  • Whether the state may fine the community
  • Whether this information is updated frequently

We then applied a scoring rubric to each data point, evaluating each state, issuing a score and then comparing the states against one another.

How Accessible Are Assisted Living Records and Reports in Your State?

The results of our report have been recently updated online. The color-coded interactive map allows users to see which states have the least and which states have the most accessibility. The map also gives tips for families who are seeking assisted living records in each state.

Key findings of the report include:

10 States With the Least Accessible Records and Reports

  1. Alaska
  2. Kentucky
  3. Louisiana
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Mississippi
  6. Montana
  7. New Hampshire
  8. North Dakota
  9. South Dakota
  10. Utah

10 States With the Most Accessible Records and Reports

  1. Florida
  2. Georgia
  3. Indiana
  4. Maryland
  5. Michigan
  6. Missouri
  7. Virginia
  8. Washington
  9. West Virginia
  10. Wisconsin

How to Find Assisted Living Records in Your State

While we rated states based on accessibility criteria, that was only a secondary goal. Our first goal is to make sure that you know where to find records about providers you are exploring.

View our Assisted Living Records and Report guide and tell us what you think.

Which assisted living records were you most surprised to find? We’d like to hear stories about your state’s records in the comments below.

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