Georgia: Overview of Assisted Living Licensing
What types of facilities provide assisted living services for seniors in Georgia?
In the state of Georgia, there are several types of facilities that provide care services for adults. Facilities that specifically provide housing and assisted living services, such as bathing, grooming or supervision for the elderly are called personal care homes and assisted living communities.
- A Personal Care Home is a dwelling that provides or arranges for two or more adults, who are not related to the owner or administrator by marriage, the provision of housing, food service, and one or more personal services. The personal care home may be operated as a not-for-profit or a for-profit entity as per State of Georgia Rule 111-8-62-.03.
- An Assisted Living Community is a personal care home licensed by the Department of Community Health to provide assisted living care and serves 25 or more residents as per Rule 111-8-63-.03.
Who licenses Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities in Georgia?
The Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation is charged with inspecting assisted living facilities and personal care homes.
- Rules 111-8-62-.06 and 111-8-63-.06 require the operator to display the permit in a conspicuous place that is visible to residents and visitors.
What is required to obtain an Assisted Living Community or Personal Care Home license?
To obtain a license, whether for an assisted living community or personal care home, applicants are required to provide documents that include a Key People Form that list the individuals who have a 10 percent or more ownership interest in the facility, resident capacity, a floor sketch of the entire facility and an electrical service inspection report which does not contain any violations or hazards.
How do I know a Personal Care Home or Assisted Living Community is licensed?
How frequently are Assisted Living Communities or Personal Care Homes inspected?
Assisted living communities and personal care homes are inspected as part of the initial licensing process and then at least annually thereafter. Unannounced inspections also occur when complaints are filed.
Where can I find the inspection reports of Personal Care Homes or Assisted Living Communities?
The inspections reports of personal care homes and assisted living communities are available online.
- As per Rules 111-8-62-.11 and 111-8-63-.10, facilities are required to display the most recent inspection report and plan of correction in a location that is routinely used by the community to community information to residents and visitors.
How long are Assisted Living Communities or Personal Care Homes required to retain their copy of the inspection reports?
How can I file a complaint against a Personal Care Home or Assisted Living Community and what is the complaint process?
You may file a complaint through the Division of Healthcare Facility Regulation’s online form or by called the Complaint Intake Unit at 404-657-5726 or 404-657-5728. Depending upon the complaint’s severity will determine how quickly the office responds to the complaint, and inspections are unannounced.
Where can I find a list of Personal Care Homes which are Top-Rated Senior Living Communities?
In 2013 SeniorHomes.com launched a nationwide program to identify the best senior living communities. Using local experts and state inspection data, we created Top 10 list for the Atlanta metro.