Personal Care Home Requirements

Personal care homes (PCHs) are one of seven types of long term care facilities in Kentucky. PCHs are licensed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), while assisted living communities are certified by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL).

PCHs provide continuous supervision of residents, basic health and health-related services, personal care services, residential care services and social and recreational activities. The following web links will connect you to some of the current laws and regulations governing PCHs.

Kentucky Administrative Regulations – PCH Operations and Services

This web link allows you to review the regulation that establishes licensure requirements for the operation and services to be provided by PCHs.

Kentucky Revised Statutes – Resident Rights and Related Information

Long term care residents in Kentucky, including those living in PCHs, are guaranteed specific rights under state law. This web link allows you to access KRS 216.510-595 under the heading “Long-Term Care Facilities.”

Kentucky Revised Statutes – Reporting and Recordkeeping of Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation

PCHs in Kentucky are required to report and maintain records on any alleged or actual cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult. This web link takes you to the KRS 209.030 Administrative regulations — Reports of adult abuse, neglect, or
exploitation — Cabinet actions — Status and disposition reports site.  The toll-free statewide number is 1-800-752-6200.

Kentucky Revised Statutes – Criminal Records Checks

Assisted living communities in Kentucky are required to request a criminal record check on every employee, and are prohibited from continuing to employ any person who has been convicted of certain felony and misdemeanor offenses. This web link allows you to access KRS 216.785-793 under the heading “Services to Senior Citizens.” In addition, you can learn about requesting record checks from the Administrative Office of the Courts or Kentucky’s National Background Check Program (KARES), established 906 KAR 1:190.

Kentucky Revised Statutes – Requirements for Claiming to Provide Special Care for Persons With Alzheimer’s

Kentucky law requires full disclosure of certain information by PCHs in Kentucky that claim to provide special care for persons with a medical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related disorders. This web link will take you to the appropriate page in the Kentucky Revised Statutes for this issue.

Kentucky Occupational Safety & Health (OSH)

PCHs are required to comply with a number of Kentucky OSH requirements related to an exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens, first aid, hazardous communication plan and emergency action plan. This web link will take you to the Kentucky Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) page of Kentucky’s Department of Labor website.