Idaho Assisted Living

A scenic view of the Idaho capitol building in Boise, ID (Idaho)Assisted living in Idaho is for seniors 60 years of age and older who require supervision and personal care services but do not need the 24-hour skilled nursing services that are typically provided in a nursing home. Assisted living communities in Idaho provide room, board, dietary services, medication assistance, housekeeping and recreation.

In Idaho there are 81 Assisted Living Facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs. The average cost of Assisted Living in Idaho is $3,275 per month.

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Idaho Assisted Living Facilities by Region

Back to top Blackfoot, Boise, Burley, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Moscow, Mountain Home, Pocatello, Rexburg, Twin Falls

Map of Idaho Assisted Living Facilities

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Cost of Assisted Living in Idaho

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The average cost of Assisted Living in Idaho is $3,275. Assisted Living costs range from $998 to $5,250 depending on location and other factors.

Private payment for assisted living in Idaho is the most widely accepted form of payment, but some facilities also accept long-term care insurance and Veterans’ benefits for those who qualify. In addition, low-income residents may fill out a Medicaid waiver to receive some payment reimbursement for room and board.

City Minimum Cost Maximum Cost Median Cost
Idaho Falls$2,460$3,050$2,850
Lewiston$2,200$4,850$3,500
Nampa$2,100$4,300$3,250
Pocatello$2,775$3,470$2,800
Source: Genworth - 2013
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Overview of Idaho Assisted Living

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Located in the great Pacific Northwest, the Gem State offers residents a beautiful and diverse selection of outdoor activities and attractions. The Snake River, Hell’s Canyon and notable Seven Devils Mountain range are a few of the wonders of Idaho. Gorgeous mountain ranges and waterfalls give way to lush forests, immense canyons and relaxing hot springs—qualities that make Idaho assisted living feel like a 24/7 vacation spot. Idaho has the lowest crime rate in the West, according to FBI statistics, so seniors can live carefree while enjoying a small-town lifestyle.

Assisted Living in Idaho Defined

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Idaho Assisted LivingResidential care and assisted living facilities in Idaho are communities for seniors 60 years of age and older who require supervision but do not need 24-hour skilled nursing. Assisted living communities in Idaho provide:

  • Dietary services
  • Medication assistance
  • Housekeeping
  • Recreation
According to the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance, Idaho assisted living facilities “support independence, dignity and honoring patient rights.”

Regulation of Idaho Assisted Living Facilities

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Idaho assisted living facilities are licensed and monitored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The Idaho Licensing and Survey Agency conducts surveys on newly licensed facilities 90 days after their initial licensure and then again in 15 months. After that, licensed facilities are surveyed every 12 or 36 months depending on whether or not they have any prior complaints or deficiencies.

Employees who wish to work in a licensed assisted living community in Idaho must complete at least 16 hours of job-related orientation training, along with eight hours of additional training each year. Staff members who are responsible for medication disbursement must first complete a Board-of-Nursing-approved medication assistance certificate.

Staff members of facilities who admit residents with mental illness, dementia or other developmental disabilities must complete specialized training in each of the areas, and one CPR-trained staff member must be on duty at all times. Although a staff nurse is not required to be on duty, the facility must have an on-call nurse available at all times.

Idaho assisted living communities are supported and investigated by the national and state Ombudsmen. Ombudsmen oversee and investigate resident complaints free of charge.

Legislation of Idaho Assisted Living Facilities

Back to top The passage of Senate Bill 1262 strengthened the language of Idaho Code Section 54-1406A by requiring that all applicants seeking original or reinstatement certification as a certified medication assistant be required to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

A certified medication assistant is responsible for assisting a licensed nurse with the safe administration of medication. The minimal requirements for this position, as for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), are the ability to read, speak, and write English; hold a current Health Care Provider CPR card; and demonstrate basic mathematics skills. If a CNA has plead guilty or been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, he/she is unable to become a certified medication assistant. After completing required training, a CNA earns the title of a certified medication assistant.

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