What to Expect in a Residential Care Home

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 Michigan:

KEY FINDINGS

  • Michigan has information about assisted living violations dating back two years. Records older than two years must be requested through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • Assisted living records in Michigan are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.

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Michigan Accessibility Criteria

Our ratings are based on the objective criteria outlined in the table below.

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# CRITERIA  
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? Yes
9  Capacity shown? Yes
10  Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? No
11  Administrator / Contact name shown? No
12  State may fine facility? Yes
13  Frequency of inspections? Every 24 months
14  Website includes pricing of facility? No

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