Georgia is a bit of an oddball when it comes to researching senior care and assisted living options. The ‘good stuff’ is there, but it is not as easy to find (or drill down to) as with other states.
Still, there are some very good ways to research senior living options statewide in Georgia, including Assisted Living, Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes and more.
Finding Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes in Georgia – Statewide
I’ll kind of cut to the chase on this one. If you were to try to ‘google’ this search tool or find it on your own, it might prove to be frustrating. I think it took me a while to stumble upon it.
This tool is a State-managed database of Assisted Living and Personal Care Home options throughout the State of Georgia. I always opt for sharing State/Non-Commercial resources – for exactly the reason implied – they are non-commercial, and much more ‘safe’ to search around on. You aren’t as likely to have spammy ads or questionable commercial interests directing you through the site.
So, go to this site – Gmap2Care
The site (at this time) looks like this:
At the top, you’ll see two links – one for the new Gmap2Care site, or the other to Find a Facility.
Going to Gmap2Care, and then choosing ‘Find a Personal Care Home‘ down towards the bottom right, you will be presented with a very nice interactive search tool, and mapping application for all licensed Personal Care Homes in Georgia.
The tool will allow you to select a Long-Term Care Facility including:
- Assisted Living Community
- Nursing Home
- Personal Care Home
- Community Living Arrangments
As an example, I’ll select Assisted Living Community, and then choose Atlanta:
After hitting ‘Search’ a list of facility options will come up, as well as a map of each facility’s location.
You can then choose the facility from the list at the bottom, or select it on the map. You’ll then get additional details about the facility, including whether inspections reports are available.
The other method provided by Gmap2Care, the ‘Find a Facility’ option, takes you to another search database that is a little bit older and dated, but still useful. I don’t think this database and search tool will work very well on a mobile device, unfortunately.
So, you’ll need to go to the Find a Facility tool (which is actually an IP address, not an actual website, which is a little weird, but nonetheless, it still works).
You’ll come to a page like this:
The page is pretty intuitive. Simply pick a type of Senior Living option, and then navigate through the county/city/zip code, and from there, you’ll get a list of facility options.
I chose the third option in this list and was presented with some very good data and details about the facility, including information on violations and inspections that have occurred at the facility.
The very useful information provided includes:
- Driving Directions
- Basic Facility Information, Phone and Address
- Mailing Address
- Administrator’s Name
- Accredidation Status
- Licensed Capacity
- Inspections Reports (Type of Inspection, Violations Found, Whether Initiated by the Facility, and a link to PDF/HTML versions of the inspections reports.
The inspections reports are very useful to look over. You can learn where the facility has been deficient, allowing you leverage in terms of highly targeted questions you might ask the facility and administrators.
Inspections reports may look like this:
Assisted Living Regulations in Georgia
Anyone interested in learning about Georgia’s assisted living regulations can simply go to the Georgia Department of Community Health site.
You’ll have access to State regulations for:
- Assisted Living Communities
- Personal Care Homes
- Home Health Agencies
- Adult Day Centers
and much more.
Specifically, here is the link to the Assisted Living Communities Regulations, which is a long .pdf document that you may save or download.
The document is almost 90 pages long at this time. However, it is important, or even imperative information for assisted living administrators, staff members, residents and their family members to have access to.
Understanding the rules and regulations gives residents and families a solid idea of what to expect from the care they are receiving, and to know when something is amiss.
Obviously, the staff and administration of any facility must have a good working knowledge of these regulations to be able to provide proper care, and to avoid any violations or inspections deficiencies.
Here is the table of contents for the Assisted Living Communities regulations, which gives a snapshot of what is covered in the rest of the document:
It’s useful to know some of the ‘official’ definitions for some of the big Senior Living terms in Georgia:
(g) “Assisted living community” or “community” means a personal care home serving 25 residents or more that is licensed by the department to provide assisted living care.
(cc) “Personal Care Home”, “home” or “facility” means any dwelling, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide or arrange for the provision of housing, food service, and one or more personal services for two or more adults who are not related to the owner or administrator by blood or marriage.
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