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Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)

Hello Providers,

VDSS is introducing a new way for you to submit an initial application for licensure. Within the coming weeks, VDSS will launch an online portal, the Virginia Enterprise Licensing Application (VELA), where you can enter your application. The online portal will be available February 14, 2022.

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Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are non-medical residential settings that provide or coordinate personal and health care services, 24-hour supervision, and assistance for the care of four or more adults who are aged, infirm or disabled. This care may be provided in one or more locations. Non-residential adult facilities are listed under Adult Day Care.

Assisted living facilities are not nursing homes. A nursing home is a facility in which the primary function is the provision, on a continuing basis, of nursing services and health-related services for the treatment and inpatient care of two or more non-related individuals. Nursing homes are regulated by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). To find a nursing home, visit the VDH website.

Regulations & Code References

New ALF Applicants

Application Process

The Division of Licensing Programs at the Virginia Department of Social Services offers pre-application orientation at all licensing field offices. Topics covered include: the application process, licensing regulations and approvals required by other state agencies.

Application Forms

Current ALF Providers (includes forms)


Documents & Procedures

Blood Glucose Monitoring
All Other

Background Investigations


Forms - License Renewal



Additional Resources

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