NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo responded to that post, pointing out that a robust model of regulation for assisted living is already in place, at the state level.
In the eyes of most seniors, the assisted living concept—and its emphasis on providing the maximum level of choice in lifestyle and daily living activities—is doing just fine. Seniors strive to avoid more restrictive, institutionalized settings. State governments, as shown in our just published “2012 State Regulatory Review,” continually add to or refine oversight of assisted living centers. States offer a far more dynamic government regulation structure than the federal government could ever deliver. For example: in 2011, 16 states made statutory, regulatory, or policy changes impacting assisted living/residential care communities. At least four of these made major changes.
Agreeing with the McKnight’s post that “federal rules can muck things up,” Kyllo pointed out that assisted living was created by consumers to meet their needs, not the federal government.
As more states make policy changes impacting assisted living communities, NCAL will continue to support their work and remind the public that a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work in today’s world of person-centered care.