Georgia’s Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation Division, will hold a Town Hall meeting on “Establishing Meaningful Distinctions for Levels of Care in Licensed Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes.” The meeting, which is open to interested consumers, providers and regulators, will be in the DCH Board Room, 5th Floor, 2 Peachtree Street NW, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 11:30am.  

DCH must develop proposed rules for personal care homes and assisted living communities as a result of Georgia’s passage of SB 178, which creates a new licensure category for assisted living communities. This hearing is part of the public rule-making process. DCH is specifically seeking input on the following:

  • Should a personal care home look and feel different from an assisted living community? A nursing home? What are those differences?
  • What level of care and services should personal care homes, assisted living communities and nursing homes be permitted by rule to provide?
  • What should happen if the resident requires more care than the personal care home, assisted living community or nursing home is licensed to provide but the resident or family wants the resident to stay?
  • What information about the personal care home, assisted living community or nursing home would you like to have available to you if you were considering placing a loved one in one of those settings?

Those unable to attend the Town Hall meeting can submit comments electronically to DCH at sedough@dhr.state.ga.us. To review SB 178, please click here.