When choosing assisted living care, consumers are reliant on their state’s regulatory agencies to provide information about communities and their backgrounds. But public access to assisted living records varies greatly state by state. Here is a snapshot of the level of transparency in the state of Iowa:
- Iowa has generally transparent assisted living records but was marked down in our rankings because mandatory inspections occur only once every two years.
- Iowa has slightly above average openness and accessibility of assisted living information.
TIPS FOR FAMILIES
- Visit Iowa’s page for assisted living records, Health Facilities Consumer Report Search and click “report cards” in the left sidebar.
- From the search form, indicate a provider type of ALP for “assisted living programs”.
Iowa Accessibility Criteria
Our ratings are based on the objective criteria outlined in the table below.
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|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]||Yes|
|6||If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities?||Yes|
|7||If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all?||Yes or N/A|
|8||Is information about special licensing for care shown?||No|
|10||Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]?||No|
|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|