Kentucky Assisted Living

SeniorLiving FAQ

By David Besnette

In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Living Facilities Provided by the State of Kentucky.

You will learn how to:

  • Get full lists (with Direct Contacts) of Long-Term Care Facilities in Kentucky, including Assisted Living
  • Get access to a Compendium of Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living & Personal Care Homes in Kentucky
  • How to File a Complaint against a Licensed Healthcare Facility in Kentucky

Unfortunately, Kentucky is one of the most difficult states to research Assisted Living in.   Most other states offer (to the public) ways for them to easily look up facilities (using State-sponsored data).   Kentucky at least does this, for the most part.

Where Kentucky falls behind is that they don’t (at the time of this writing) offer any way for the general public to look up/view inspections reports, complaints reports, or detailed history data for facilities.    Most other states provide this through trusted State sources and websites.

Providing a State-managed way to research Assisted Living is important, as it offers an alternative to the slew of questionable, ad-laden commercial sites that tend to dominate the internet.

How To Find Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky using State Data

Method 1:  You can get a complete list, by County, of Assisted Living Communities in Kentucky by visiting the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Aging & Independent Living site.

You’ll see a section for “Assisted Living Community Information and Certification” that looks like this:

Assisted Living Communities

Kentucky’s Safest Facilities:

Safe Facilities

You’ll notice that the page begins with a Definition of Assisted Living Community in Kentucky.  This is important, as “Assisted Living” services and definitions can vary greatly from state-to-state.  

Assisted Living Communities in Kentucky are required to be Certified each year.

Down below, you’ll see a list of all Certified Assisted Living Communities in Kentucky, organized by County.  The list will look something like this:

Assisted Living Communities List 

This, again, is where Kentucky falls short.   It’s a solid list, but it’s not really searchable, or interactive in any way.

However, you can to a Keyboard search (CTRL + F) to search for a City or County that you are looking at.

However, useful information is available to you and includes:

  • Facility Name
  • Facility Address
  • Facility County
  • DIRECT Phone Number
  • Facility Capacity

The Direct phone number is a big deal, since that is something that most commercial senior care sites omit.

The one “interactive” feature with this list is that you can click on the green column titles at the top to sort the list alphabetically and in reverse.

Get A .PDF List of Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Method  2:  For your convenience, you can download a copy of Kentucky’s Assisted Living Communities here:

The list will look like this (screenshot) and is many pages long:

ALF List

This list in .PDF format is useful for printing and saving.

Long-Term Care Facilities Directories in Kentucky

Method 3:  The State’s Division of Health Care offers a section that includes Directories for many other types of Senior Living including:

  • Long Term Care 
  • Long-Term Care by County
  • Hospitals
  • Family Care Homes
  • Personal Care Homes

& much more.  

The Facility Directories can be viewed and saved in both PDF and Excel versions.  The directory main page looks like this:

Directory Main Page

You can access this directory here.

The lists come in .PDF format and offer similar information as in the Assisted Living Facilities .pdf above, but often more data including:

  • The administrator’s name
  • Facility owner
  • Certified Beds
  • Alzheimer’s Beds
  • License Effective Date
  • License Expiration Date
  • Region

A sample of what a list looks like is here (screenshot):

Long Term Care List

Assisted Living Regulations in Kentucky

The State of Kentucky’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation offers a .PDF summary, or ‘Compendium of Residential Care and Assisted Living Regulations and Policy‘ that is freely accessible to the public.   

The document, which is numerous pages, can be downloaded here, and looks like this:


The document is long, but provides an excellent overview of Assisted Living in Kentucky.  Information includes:

  • Definitions for Assisted Living Community & Personal Care Homes
  • Resident Agreements
  • Disclosure Provisions
  • Admission and Retention Policy
  • Services (to be provided/expected by Assisted Living Facilities & Personal Care Homes)
  • Medication Provisions
  • Food Service and Dietary Provisions
  • Staffing Requirements & Ratios
  • Training Requirements
  • Provisions for Apartments & Private Units
  • Provisions for Serving Persons with Dementia
  • Background Checks
  • Inspections & Monitoring
  • Public Financing
  • Location of Licensing, Certification & Other Requirements

These Rules, or Guidelines offer a great way for families and residents to understand the level, and quality of services they should expect through Kentucky’s Assisted Living Facilities & Personal Care Homes.   

To FILE A COMPLAINT against a licensed Long-Term or Health Care Facility or service in Kentucky (including Assisted Living & Personal Care Homes), please follow these guidelines.

Kentucky Residents:


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