When choosing assisted living care, consumers are reliant on their state’s regulatory agencies to provide information about communities and their backgrounds. Public access to assisted living records varies greatly state by state. Here is a snapshot of the level of transparency in Pennsylvania:
HOW TO ACCESS RECORDS
- The Pennsylvania state licensing website includes compliance and inspections reports dating back more than five years.
- Personal care home and assisted living records in Pennsylvania are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.
TIPS FOR FAMILIES
- Records and information about providers classified as “assisted living” as well as record for homes classified as “personal care homes”, are available through the Human Services Provider Directory.
- Providers and inspection reports can be searched by region, county, zip code, and facility name.
- From the search results, select “Inspection Summary” to view the results of the most recent inspection of the community or previous inspections.
Update: January 2018
Pennsylvania 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?||No|
|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?||No|
|7||If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all?||Yes|
|8||Is information about special licensing for care shown?||No or N/A|
|10||Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]?||Yes|
|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|