There are ways to research Assisted Living and other Long-Term Care options in Delaware, while bypassing the usual ad-laden, commercial sites out there whose sole interest is collecting your information.
I’ve always been a cheerleader for State Resources, as they are safe ways to research, and they are generally the most accurate, and most frequently updated.
In This Delaware Assisted Living Research Guide, You Will Learn:
- How To Find Assisted Living and other Senior Living Facilities Statewide in Delaware
- How To View State Regulations for Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
- How To View Surveys and Complaints Reports for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes in Delaware
Find Licensed & Certified Long-Term Care & Assisted Living Statewide for Delaware:
The State of Delaware has relatively recently re-vamped their Delaware Health and Social Services site to include a very good way to find Long-Term Care facilities statewide.
Currently, you can search for
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Nursing Homes
To search for care, you will need to visit the Licensed and Certified Long Term Care Facilities page on the DHSS website.
You can access the page here: http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dltcrp/licfac.html
From there, for this example, I’ll choose Assisted Living Facilities. The list of facilities statewide is relatively small, but given that the State of Delaware is relatively small, it’s an appropriately sized list.
It looks like this:
It’s a useful list, however, it’s somewhat basic. It include some helpful ‘first glance’ information including:
- Facility Name
- State Licensed Beds
I’d like to see this database more robust and informative, with direct links to inspections reports, facility websites, maps and complaints reports.
From here, a useful way to further your research is to enter the name of the facility directly into Google Maps, which will provide you much more information about the facility, including an interactive map of it’s location, Google Reviews, and often times you’ll see photos of the facility submitted by users, visitors, family members or even staff.
Here’s an example of a facility in Dover that I put into Google Maps:
How To View State Regulations for Assisted Living in Delaware
The State of Delaware provides a way for anyone to view State Regulations for:
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Skilled & Intermediate Care Nursing Facilities
- Rest (Residential) Homes
- Group Homes
- Rest/Family Care Homes
To view Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Delaware, visit the 3225 Assisted Living Facilities Section on the State’s website. You can also view the lengthy document in an Authenticated .PDF version, which is useful for printing or saving.
One of the immediate items I like to point out is the ‘Definitions’ or ‘Glossary of Terms’ section that are usually included in each state’s Rules and Regulations materials.
I find that the definition for terms like “Assisted Living” is important to know for each state, since, each state defines Assisted Living and other Long-Term Care models quite differently.
For Delaware, from their 3225 Regulations for Assisted Living, the terms ‘Assisted Living’ and ‘Assisted Living Facility’ are defined as follows:
View Inspections and Survey Reports for Assisted Living in Delaware
The State of Delaware’s DHSS has made strides in providing Survey reports to the general public, something that not all states do at this time. This is to be applauded, as it provides families a way to get specific insights into how a facility is managed, and how it responds to issues, complaints or deficiencies.
I also feel that families often times don’t know exactly what to ask facility administrators when they inquire about a property. Survey reports provide material, and hopefully inspiration for good questions to ask as those properties are visited and explored.
For Delaware, the short (relatively) list of facilities is provided again, but this time with a link to either the:
- Annual Survey
Selecting the survey or complaint link will take you directly to the report (in .pdf format) which is great if you want to print it out for taking notes on it, or save it for later.
An example of what a Complaint report might look like:
You can access all of the State’s recent reports for Assisted Living here:
and for Nursing Homes:
Assisted Living Placement Help for Delaware
Every family has access to a qualified, experienced senior care placement advisor who is knowledgeable about all aspects of care and options in Delaware.
You will learn:
- Which facilities have waiting lists, or immediate openings
- Which facilities are within your budget range
- Which facilities have the most, or fewest complaints
- Which facilities accept the types of insurance you have, whether Medicaid is accepted, and help with the terms and conditions of the contracts that you will be signing.
- Learn about Alzheimer’s or Memory Care Facilities in Delaware
This is a service available to all seniors and families in Delaware.