Assisted Living in Arizona

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Choosing an Assisted Living Facility is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. Make sure you thoroughly research the facilities you are considering in order to learn the services they offer, what recreational and social programs they have, what the monthly fees are and more. Use the ThirdAge directory to help find a local Arizona assisted living facility near you, so you can begin to learn more about each one. Get started below by choosing a county.

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Arizona Assisted Living Regulations


Agency: Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Assurance and Licensure, Office of Assisted Living Licensure
Phone: (602) 364-2639
Website: www.azdhs.gov

Assisted Living Facility means a residential care institution, including Adult Foster Care, that provides or contracts to provide supervisory care services, personal care services, or directed care services on a continuing basis.

Facility Scope of Care:
There are three licensed levels of care. "Supervisory Care Services" means general supervision, including daily awareness of resident functioning and continuing needs, the ability to intervene in a crisis, and assistance in the self-administration of medications. "Personal Care Services" means assistance with activities of daily living and includes the coordination or provision of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments. A facility licensed to provide Personal Care Services may not accept or retain residents unable to direct their own care. "Directed Care Services" means programs and services provided to persons who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing need, or making basic care decisions. Residents in facilities licensed to provide Personal Care Services or Directed Care Services may not be bed bound, have stage III or IV pressure sores, or require continuous nursing services unless the resident is under the care of a licensed hospice service agency or continuous nursing services are provided by a private duty nurse

Move-In/Move-Out Requirements:
A facility must not accept or retain a resident who requires physical or chemical restraints; behavioral health residential services; or services that the assisted living facility is not licensed or able to provide.

Resident Assessment:
A resident assessment and service plan must be initiated at the time of resident move-in and completed within 14 days of acceptance. The service plan must be updated every three months for direct care, every six months for personal care, and annually for supervisory care. Service plans must be updated, for any resident, with any change of condition.

Medication Management:
Medication administration is permitted by licensed nurses. Certified assisted living managers and trained caregivers may also provide medication assistance to residents and may provide medication administration with a physician order and proper training.

Physical Plant Requirements:
Facilities must comply with all local building codes, ordinances, fire codes, and zoning requirements. Private resident bedrooms must be a minimum of 80 square feet and shared resident bedrooms must provide a minimum of 60 square feet per resident.

Residents Allowed Per Room:
A maximum of two residents is allowed per bedroom

Life Safety:
All facilities must follow either local jurisdiction requirements or state rules, whichever are more stringent. Under state rules, if a center is licensed for personal or directed care services, it must have a fire alarm system installed according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72: National Fire Alarm Code (Chapter 3, Section 3-4.1.1(a)), and a sprinkler system installed according to NFPA 13 standards, or have an alternative method to ensure residents' safety approved by the local jurisdiction and granted an exception by the Department. Fire inspections must be conducted no less than every 36 months by a local fire department or state fire marshal. State rules for homes require an all-purpose fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 2A-10-BC rating, serviced every 12 months. Smoke detectors are to be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions in at least the following areas: bedrooms, hallways that adjoin bedrooms, storage and laundry rooms, attached garages, rooms or hallways adjacent to the kitchen, and other places recommended by the manufacturer. Smoke detectors must be in working order and inspected as often as recommended by the manufacturer. Smoke detectors may be battery operated. However, if more than two violations of an inoperative battery-operated smoke detector are cited in a 24- month period, the licensee is subject to ensuring the smoke detector is hard-wired into the electrical system Facility staff, including assisted living managers and administrators, (and contractors and registry workers contracted by a facility) providing supervisory, personal, or direct care in the facility must be fingerprinted and maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card. Individuals contracted directly by residents are not required to have a card

Alzheimer's Unit Requirements:
Facilities must follow directed care rules.

Staff Training for Alzheimer's Care:
An overview of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia is required for directed care.

Staffing Requirements:
The regulations require that sufficient staff must be present at all times to provide services consistent with the level of service for which the facility is licensed.

Staff Education Training:
All staff must be trained in first aid and CPR specific to adults. Caregivers must be at least 18 years of age; be trained at the level of service the facility is licensed to provide; and have a minimum of three months of health-related experience. Assistant caregivers must be at least 16 years of age. In addition, the following is required: For staff providing a supervisory level of care: 20 hours of training; For staff providing a personal level of care: training for supervisory level plus an additional 30 hours; For staff providing a directed level of care: training for supervisory and personal level plus an additional 12 hours; and For certified managers: training for all levels of care plus an additional eight hours.

Medicaid Policy and Reimbursements:
A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver covers services in assisted living.



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