A state-sponsored assisted living report card for consumers is being created in Minnesota, thanks to legislation signed into law earlier this year. Provider organizations are encouraging operators to participate in a survey that will assist its development.

The survey will address availability of services, health outcomes, quality of life, resident / family satisfaction, safety, staff quality and other related issues. It is being developed by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in partnership with the state’s health department and the Minnesota Board on Aging. 

The state already has a similar report card for nursing homes. But assisted living has gained more popularity across the state, according to Dan Pollock, the state health department’s assistant commissioner. Pollock said the survey will help residents better understand the costs and services available in this sector.