The State Guide to Assisted Living Records & Reports project was undertaken to provide senior care consumers, elder advocates, and industry researchers something that has never before been available: a detailed snapshot of each state’s accessibility to public information regarding assisted living licensure, monitoring, and deficiency reporting.
For every state and the District of Columbia, the Guide outlines the assisted living regulatory agency’s process of providing public records, details the level of transparency within the records, and ranks how that compares to other states.
The data was compiled by A Place for Mom’s Regulatory Licensing Team, part of the company’s Legal Department. The Team is charged with confirming, twice a year that all communities in A Place for Mom’s referral network are licensed and in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations.
This ongoing audit of communities requires using various methods of gathering public information released by each state. The process ranges from utilizing state websites and searching public databases to completing Freedom of Information Act request forms and speaking with numerous state representatives.
Auditing over the years has provided immensely valuable insight into the quality of agencies’ processes currently in place to provide this critical information to families. The Licensing Team collaborated with the A Place for Mom Content Team to publicize this insight in a way that would be useful for consumers: an interactive map providing an overview on transparency and instructions for obtaining information.
To rank the states’ accessibility, each agency was evaluated according to more than a dozen separate objective criteria. The criteria were weighted by relative importance, and the state was assigned an objective rating.