Assisted Living in Utah

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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 Utah 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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Utah Assisted Living Regulations


Agency: Department of Health, Facility Licensing, Certification and Resident Assessment
Phone: (801) 538-6158
Website: www.health.utah.gov/hflcra

Type I Assisted Living Facilities provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and social care to two or more residents who are capable of achieving mobility sufficient to exit the facility without the assistance of another person. Type II Assisted Living Facilities are homelike and provide an array of 24-hour coordinated supportive personal and health care services to residents capable of achieving mobility sufficient to evacuate the facility with the assistance of one person

Facility Scope of Care:
Facilities must provide personal care, food service, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, activity programs, administration, and assistance with self-administration of medication, and arrange for necessary medical and dental care. Facilities may provide intermittent nursing care.

Move-In/Move-Out Requirements:
Residents in a Type I facility must meet the following criteria before being admitted: (1) Be ambulatory or mobile and capable of taking life-saving action in an emergency; (2) Have stable health; (3) Require no assistance or only limited assistance from staff with ADLs; and (4) Require and receive regular or intermittent care or treatment in the facility from a licensed health professional. Type I facilities must not accept or retain persons who require significant assistance during the night; are unable to take life-saving action in an emergency without assistance; and require close supervision and a controlled environment. Both Type I and II facilities must not admit or retain persons who: (1) Manifest behavior that is a danger to self or others; (2) Have active tuberculosis or other communicable diseases; or (3) Require inpatient hospital or nursing care. Type II facilities may accept or retain residents who require significant assistance in more than two ADLs. Residents admitted to a Type II facility must not be 'dependent.' For both Type I and Type II facilities, a resident may be discharged, transferred, or evicted if the facility is no longer able to meet the needs of the resident; the resident fails to pay for services as required by the admission agreement; and/or the resident fails to comply with policies or rules.

Resident Assessment:
There is a mandated assessment form that is available on the agency Web site. The form must be updated every six months.

Medication Management:
Licensed staff may administer medication and unlicensed staff may assist with self-medication. There are four appropriate scenarios for medication administration: 1) The resident may selfadminister; 2) The resident may self-direct with staff assistance; 3) Family members may administer, but must have total responsibility for all medications; and 4) Staff may administer with appropriate delegation from a licensed health care professional.

Physical Plant Requirements:
Private resident units (without living rooms, dining areas, or kitchens) must be a minimum of 120 square feet and doubleoccupancy resident units must be a minimum of 200 square feet.

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

Life Safety:
Facilities must comply with the International Building Code for construction and the International Fire Code for fire safety maintenance. Assisted Living Type I facilities are not required to have fire sprinklers until they reach 17 total licensed beds or have at least 4,500 square feet of building space. Type II facilities are required to have fire sprinklers unless they qualify as a Limited Capacity facility, which has two to five residents. Smoke detectors are required throughout all types of assisted living facilities.

Alzheimer's Unit Requirements:
A Type II facility with approved secured units may admit residents with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's/dementia if the resident is able to exit the facility with limited assistance from one person.

Staff Training for Alzheimer's Care:
There must be at least one staff with documented training in Alzheimer's/dementia care in the secured unit at all time.

Staffing Requirements:
Facilities must employ an administrator. Direct care staff are required on site 24 hours per day to meet resident needs as determined by assessments and service plans. In Type I facilities, all staff who provide personal care must be at least 18 years of age and have related experience in the job to which they are assigned in the facility or receive on-the-job training. In Type II facilities, staff providing personal care must be certified nursing assistants or complete this training and become certified within four months of date of hire.

Staff Education Training:
All staff must complete orientation to include job descriptions; ethics, confidentiality, and resident rights; fire and disaster plan; policies and procedures; and report responsibility for abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Staff must also complete extensive inservice training.

Medicaid Policy and Reimbursements:
Five Medicaid home and community-based services waivers are utilized for assisted living facilities, including Aging, Acquired Brain Injury, Community Supports, Physical Disabilities, and the New Choices Waiver. Each of these waivers has its own qualifications and level of care requirements.



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