Idaho: Overview of Assisted Living Licensing

What types of facilities provide assisted living services for seniors in Idaho?

Assisted Living Regulations in IdahoIn the state of Idaho, facilities that specifically provide housing and assisted living services, such as bathing, grooming or supervision, for the elderly are called residential care or assisted living facilities.

  • A residential care or assisted living facility is a facility or residence that provides supervision, personal assistance, meals and lodging to three or more adults not related to the facility’s owner as per Idaho Code (IC) Title 39 Chapter 33-3302 (25).

Who licenses residential care or assisted living facilities in Idaho?

The state of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is responsible for licensing residential care/assisted living facilities.

  • Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) 16.03.22-100 (05) requires the license to be posted in the facility and be clearly visibly to the general public.

What is required to obtain a residential care or assisted living license?

To obtain a license for a residential care or assisted living facility, an applicant must provide information that includes a statement that the applicant has thoroughly read and reviewed the relevant statutes related to operating a residential care or assisted living facility, that all the wiring in the facility complies with current electrical codes and the licensed administrator IDAPA 16.03.22-110.

How do I know a residential care or assisted living facility is licensed?

The Department of Health and Welfare’s website has a list of the licensed facilities.

How frequently are residential care or assisted living facilities inspected?

IDAPA 16.03.22-130 details the frequency of inspections at residential care or assisted living facilities.

  • An inspection will occur within 90 days following a facility’s initial licensure, followed by another inspection within 15 months. If no core issue deficiencies are found in either survey, the facility will then be on a three-year survey cycle.
    • A core issue is defined by 16.22.010 (20) as abuse, neglect, exploitation, inadequate care, operating for more than 30 days without a licensed administrator, inoperable fire detection and denying surveyors access to records, residents or facilities.
    • For facilities that have not received a core issue deficiency for two or more consecutive surveys, they are inspected every 36 months.
    • If a core issue deficiency is found, surveys will occur once every 12 months or more frequently at the discretion of the Department of Health and Welfare. Surveys will be conducted until two consecutive surveys do not result in a core issue deficiency.

Where can I find the inspection reports of residential care or assisted living facilities?

The survey results of residential care or assisted living facilities are available online and are searchable by community name.

  • IC Title 39 Chapter 33-39-3355 (6) requires that the facility make available the current list of deficiencies and plans of correction to the public upon request.

How long are residential care or assisted living facilities required to retain their copy of the survey reports?

The length of time a facility is required to maintain their copy of survey reports is not specified in a stature or administrative rule; however, facilities are required to make available the most current list of deficiencies and plans.

The licensure surveys and complaints available on the Department of Health and Welfare’s website date from 2007 onward.

How can I file a complaint against residential care or assisted living facility and what is the complaint process?

Complaints may be submitted to the Department of Health and Welfare either by phone, email or in writing. If there is an immediate threat of danger to a resident, surveyors will visit the facility within two days. For other complaints, a visit may occur within the next few months. If an inspection was already planned at the facility, the complaint will be addressed during the inspection; however, if an inspection is not scheduled in the near future, the complaint will be addressed sooner.

After the completion of the complaint investigation, the complainant will receive a copy of the finding letter which details the surveyor’s findings.

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