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Tennessee Assisted Living Facilities

Cost of Tennessee Assisted Living Facilities

The average cost of assisted living in Tennessee is $3,304 per month. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply. More info on Assisted Living Costs

Tennessee Assisted Living Information

Tennessee defines an assisted care living facility simply as a building that accepts elderly residents for residential care and services.

Tennessee Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care

In Tennessee, an assisted living facility can offer medical services, but it must provide personal services, which are defined as assistance with ADL's, protective awareness, safety, room and board, laundry services, the ability to intervene if there is any type of crisis and other non-medical services. Medical services that be provided in an assisted living facility include medication administration, intermittent nursing care, providing medical supplies and equipment, hospice care, and other therapies. Medical services must be performed by an appropriately licensed health care professional.

Tennessee Assisted Living Admission Requirements

A resident cannot be admitted or allowed to stay in a Tennessee assisted living facility if he or she has an active infectious and reportable disease, is a danger to himself or others, has a stage III or IV ulcer, is aggressive or requires chemical or physical restraints. A resident is not a candidate if he or she needs continuous nursing care. However, once a resident, if there is an injury or illness that requires nursing care for up to three 21 day periods, then the facility may allow the resident to stay.

Tennessee Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

An intake assessment is performed on all new residents to confirm that the facility can meet the needs and preferences of the resident.

Tennessee Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Medication may be self-administered or administered by a licensed professional. Such assistance includes reminders, reading labels and direct observation.

Tennessee Assisted Living Facility Requirements

No bedroom shall have more than two beds and there should by a full bathroom for every six residents. The facilities must be protected by a fire sprinkler, in addition to meeting stringent fire and building codes. A minimum of 80 square feet of living space is required per resident and common areas must have room for all residents to gather at one time. The dining area must allow at least 15 square feet of area per diner.

Tennessee Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

Direct care staff must be sufficient in number to meet the needs of the residents. A dietician must be either employed or used as a consultant for meal planning. A licensed nurse must be available when needed. An administrator must hold a high school diploma and not have been convicted of a crime of abuse or neglect against an elderly person. An administrator must be licensed as a nursing home administrator or hold a license from the Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities.

Tennessee Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

While room and board is not covered, Tennessee has both a state-only funded and a Medicaid-funded home and community-based services waiver program to help pay for services within an assisted living facility.

Tennessee Alzheimerís Unit Requirements

If an assisted living facility has an Alzheimerís unit, then staff who work in the unit must have specific training for working with that population. At least one specially trained staff person must be present in the unit at all times. Certain written disclosures are required for these units.

Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Care Facilities

Phone: (615) 741-7221

Ann Rutherford Reed
Phone: (615) 741-7188

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.