Summer is a season of the year when many caregivers in Missouri and Illinois begin to search for facility-based care for an aging loved one or family member with a disability. Often times they try to complete community visits and make their decision in time to get their loved one settled before the snow flies. A frequent question we receive from families is actually a request to help clarify how assisted living communities and nursing homes are regulated. They wonder who oversees each of these types of facilities to make sure residents are safe.
We thought a quick licensing overview might be of help to caregivers and adult children in Missouri and Illinois.
Long-term care licensing in the state of Missouri
- Assisted living is regulated by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. If you are looking for clarification on a specific question about assisted living regulations in the state, you might be able to find it in their online rules and regulations.
- The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services also regulates nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. They have the state divided in to 7 long-term care regions with a Regional Manager and a Regional Supervisor to oversee each area.
- Illinois assisted living is licensed and inspected through the Office of Health Care Regulation. There is one set of rules, called an Administrative Code, for assisted living and shared housing communities and a separate one for supportive living facilities.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health is the governing agency for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. They perform annual surveys and inspections, as well as follow-up on concerns and complaints received from family members and the community.
Long-term care licensing in the state of Illinois
We hope adult children and caregivers find this information helpful as you begin your search for care.
As a reminder, the team at ACM Care is familiar with the options available to seniors and those living with a disability across Illinois and Missouri. If you would like help making an informed decision, please Contact Us to schedule a free assessment.