The growing scope and definition of senior care makes it difficult to keep pace with changing regulations. In addition to federal mandates, each state has developed regulatory sets for assisted living administration and management. Here are five online resources that can help you better manage regulatory and licensing compliance.
The Assisted Living Federation of America is “the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally managed, appropriately licensed, resident-centered, consumer-driven senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve.” ALFA maintains current regulations and links to licensing agencies, as well as members-only resources for each state.
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is a respected research partner in the field of senior care. Their interactive map of nursing home and assisted living regulations is searchable by state or topic. They also provide a thorough guide to current federal regulations.
Enquire Solutions published their state guide to regulations and licensing in August of 2015. Their comprehensive lists provide links to government licensing agencies, multiple guides for licensing and facility certification, and an “Additional Resources” section for further context and research.
For 12 years in a row, NCAL has published its Assisted Living State Regulatory Review which contains all the changes in assisted living regulations for the current year. Their site also provides a wealth of research and resources for fraud prevention, clinical practice, and in-service training.
Assistedlivingfacilities.org keeps an Assisted Living Facility Directory with licensing regulations for each state. SeniorCare.com also offers regular, expert writing on professional topics related to assisted living and senior care.
States are each responsible for their own licensing regulations, in keeping with federal law. ALFA’s Federal Public Policy section contains a compilation of federal laws that govern senior living, which is a great place to start in understanding your state’s particular mandates.