NY Times: Searching for Assisted Living Made Easier

A new database recently launched by A Place For Mom, Inc. (APFM) strives to make the assisted living search process easier for consumers and it has caught the attention of The New York Times.

On May 6, the senior living referral service provider announced the launch of its State Guide to Assisted Living Records & Reports, an interactive map that allows consumers to view which states facilitate public access of information regarding assisted living communities. 

Ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the database finds states like Missouri, Florida and Washington among the easiest to obtain records and reports related to assist living.

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At the other end of the spectrum, the most difficult states to access assisted living records and reports include Massachusetts and South Dakota.

The New York Times also lends a few suggestive questions for its readers to consider if they’re in the market for assisted living.

The National Center for Assisted Living and National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center are two sources listed by NY Times that provide information guides and checklists for consumers.

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Other tips include consideration of ruling out an assisted living community if it has had recent violations. 

“You have to put it in context,” said one source from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform quoted in the article. “What is the severity of the complaint?”

Read The New York Times article

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Written by Jason Oliva