Washington DC: Overview of Assisted Living Licensing

What types of facilities provide assisted living services for seniors in the District of Columbia?

Licensing for senior homes in the United StatesIn the District of Columbia, 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 adults 60 years or older are called assisted living residences.

  • An Assisted Living Residence is an entity that combines housing, health and personalized assistance in the form of a service place for individuals who are unrelated to the entity’s owner or operator as per DC ST § 44-102-.01.

The words “hospital,” “nursing,” rehabilitative” or “hospice” should not be used in the facility’s name as per DC ST § 44-103.07.

Who licenses Assisted Living Residences in Washington DC?

The District of Columbia Department of Health is charged with licensing and inspecting assisted living residences.

  • The Assisted Living Residence law does not contain a statute that requires the licensee to post the license in a prominent location accessible to public view.

What is required to obtain an Assisted Living Residence license?

In addition to submitting an application and processing fee, the applicant must also submit proof of solvency, statement of program and criminal background information. During the pre-licensing inspection, the applicant shall provide additional information including a disaster plan, medication management system and resident agreements, both financial and nonfinancial as per DC ST § 44-103.02.

  • The facility is also inspected within six months after the initial licensure.

How do I know an Assisted Living Residence is licensed in Washington DC?

The Department of Health provides an online business directory of the licensed assisted living facilities.

How frequently are Assisted Living Residences inspected?

Assisted living residences are inspected annually as part of the license renewal process as per DC ST § 44-103.04.

Where can I find the inspection reports of Assisted Living Residences?

The Department of Health posts the annual survey reports online.

How long are Assisted Living Residences required to retain their copy of inspection reports?

The Assisted Living Residence law does not contain a statute which mentions how long copies of the survey reports are required to be kept.

How can I file a complaint against an Assisted Living Residence and what is the complaint process?

Complaints can be filed through an online form available on the Department of Health’s website.

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