The state's Office of Elder Affairs is expected to issue new rules within weeks for the assisted living industry in Mssachusetts. The regulations would cover facilities that are mainly for elderly people who need extra assistance, but not 24-hour care.
Assisted living residences are not classified as medical so they're not currently bound by regulations as stringent as those that govern nursing homes.
The rules are being updated as more seniors are choosing the assisted living option and business is booming.
This program aired on February 15, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.