Assisted Living Regulations

State-by-State Information About Assisted Living Regulations
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Assisted living regulations vary by state. If you're doing research to find out more about assisted living options for a loved one, or if you're looking for information about how to resolve a problem, you'll want to know how things work in your neck of the woods.

State Regulation Information

We've compiled detailed information for every state in the U.S., plus the District of Columbia. Visit your state's page to find out:

  • What assisted living is called in your state
  • Services offered by assisted living facilities in your state
  • How much assisted living costs in your state
  • Assisted living requirements for your state
  • How to resolve problems or offer feedback
  • How to pay for assisted living in your state
  • How to find assisted living options in your state


Assisted Living Regulations by State

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Washington, D.C. | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

SEE ALSO: Find Assisted Living Near You

What Is Assisted Living?

An assisted living facility, or community, can be an apartment building, a campus-like setting, or even a large converted house. Typically, it provides communal living (often with planned activities), housekeeping and laundry services, transportation, meals, exercise and wellness programs, opportunities to socialize with other residents, assistance with activities of daily living, and some basic medical care. Assisted living is best for those who need some supervision and help but not the extensive care a nursing home provides.

For full reports about what's required in each state, you can see the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for State Regulatory Resources for Assisted Living Professionals.