Washington, DC - Assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies in 18 states were changed, according to the 2013 edition of “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review.” The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today released the latest edition of its annual review.
“Nine states made major changes to their assisted living regulations last year. Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey made innovative changes to their survey processes,” said Karl Polzer, NCAL’s senior policy director and the report’s author. “Continuing a multi-year trend, more than one-third of states refined or developed assisted living regulations.”
The annual report summarizes state assisted living regulations across 21 categories including life safety, physical plant requirements, medication management, and move-in/move-out criteria. The NCAL report is the only source that summarizes the assisted living regulations in 50 states and the District of Columbia that is published to inform the public.
An analysis accompanying the report identified several trends such as expanding disclosure and reporting requirements in five states—California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. The life safety or physical plant standards were changed in Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, and West Virginia.
“State regulators work closely with NCAL and eagerly await this report to identify trends and find out what other states are doing,” says David Kyllo, NCAL’s executive director. “NCAL is proud to provide this complimentary and unique resource to consumers, regulators, legislators, assisted living professionals, aging organizations, media, and researchers.”
The report also provides contact information for state agencies that oversee assisted living; and includes each agency’s website address. The report along with an analysis of trends and state-by-state highlights is available online at NCAL.org.
Note: Karl Polzer, author of “Assisted Living Regulatory Review” is available for interviews.
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The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) represents more than 3,500 not-for-profit and proprietary assisted living and residential care communities dedicated to improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. NCAL is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association.