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 the state of South Dakota:
- Information about provider licensing is available online, but inspection reports are unavailable.
- Mandatory inspections are performed at least every 15 months.
HOW TO ACCESS RECORDS
- To confirm a community is licensed, use the Current Search or History Search form on the Department of Health website.
- Visit Tennessee’s senior community Disciplinary Action page for information about the backgrounds of providers.
Tennessee 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?||No or N/A|
|7||If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all?||No|
|8||Is information about special licensing for care shown?||Yes|
|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 15 months|
|14||Website includes pricing of facility?||No|