It may not be the most thrilling read, but a review of your state’s assisted living regulatory requirements can be extremely beneficial when you are considering this level of care – for yourself, a friend, or family member.
Things change often in this care category. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) affirms accordingly, saying, “At least 18 states reported making statutory, regulatory, or policy changes in 2010 and January 2011 impacting assisted living/residential care communities. At least six states made major changes including Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.”
As it impacts the way care is provided, how much it costs, what standards for staffing levels and ongoing training are in place, what resident rights are upheld, what the provider can/cannot be held responsible for, what ancillary services can/cannot be brought in (i.e. hospice care, private duty nurses, etc.), and a number of other vital issues, an assisted living license is more than just a document on the wall certifying the facility as operational.
Knowing even just the basics about the assisted living regulations in your home state makes you a more educated consumer, which makes you a better decision-maker and advocate.
Check out the 2011 Assisted Living Regulatory Review (from NCAL), or request a copy of the 2011 edition of the Assisted Living and Continuing Care Retirement Community State Regulatory Handbook, published by Leading Age and the American Seniors Housing Association.