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Residential Care Facilities - Assisted Living
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Residential Care Facilities - Assisted Living

Residential Care Facilities (Assisted Living) provide accommodation and personal care services primarily to older adults. These facilities are licensed and regulated by the Bureau of Regulatory Operations at the Ohio Department of Health.

A residential care facility is licensed to provide either of the following:

  • Accommodations for seventeen or more unrelated individuals and supervision and personal care services for three or more of those individuals who are dependent on the services of others by reason of age or physical or mental impairment;

  • Accommodations for three or more unrelated individuals, supervision and personal care services for at least three of those individuals who are dependent on the services of others by reason of age or physical or mental impairment, and provide to at least one of those individuals, any of the skilled nursing care authorized by law.

ODH is responsible for the licensing and inspection of residential care facilities (RCF) in Ohio pursuant to Chapter 3721. of the Ohio Revised Code  and the rules in Chapter 3701-16 of the Ohio Administrative Code

Each RCF in Ohio receives at least one unannounced inspection/survey during a 9 to 15 month inspection/survey cycle. During these surveys, all aspects of care and services are evaluated based on state laws and rules.

ODH licenses and certifies approximately 720 RCFs in Ohio.

Please go to our Application and Forms  page to obtain more information, applications, and instructions on how to apply for licensure as a RCF.

Skilled Nursing Care

Generally, a residential care facility may elect to provide its resident with limited skilled nursing care services, including the:

  • Supervision of special diets;

  • Application of dressings

  • Administration of medication (if the resident’s physician has determined the resident is capable of self-administration or the medication is administered by a qualified individual)

  • Routine skilled nursing care (as determined by the resident’s physician)

A RCF may provide other skilled nursing care on a part-time, intermittent basis for not more than a total of one hundred twenty days in a twelve-month period.

The office of Health Assurance and Licensing makes publications and information on residents' rights advocates available for the public on our RCF Publications page.


Investigation of a complaint in a residential care facility is completed by surveyors after receiving the written documentation from the Ohio Department of Health complaint unit located in Columbus, Ohio. The toll-free number for registering complaints is 1-800-342-0553. You may obtain more information about filing a complaint from our Complaint page and obtain a complaint form. The complainant may choose to be anonymous.


Mailing Address:

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Regulatory Operations, Residential Care Facilities/Assisted Living
246 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-7857
Fax: (614) 752-2450

E-mail: LICCERT@odh.ohio.gov