Idaho Assisted Living Facilities
Cost of Idaho Assisted Living Facilities
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Idaho is $3,240 per month.
The monthly base rate for Idaho assisted living is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. Idaho is also less expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Idaho. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Assisted Living Regulations
Idaho defines assisted living facilities as a Residential Care or Assisted Living Facility and described as a facility or residence, however named, that can be for-profit or nonprofit, and must provide supervision, personal assistance, meals, and lodging to more than three adults not related to the owner. The facility must develop and implement a written admission policy and disclose it to every resident. The administrator of the facility must provide, in writing if the facility does not carry professional liability insurance. Upon any cancellations of the professional liability insurance, residents must be notified in writing.
Idaho Assisted Living Facility Scope of Care
The facility must supervise residents, provide assistance with day-to-day living activities, and provide care meeting the needs of residents. Residents may contract for with outside agencies for care.
Idaho Assisted Living Admission Requirements
Residents can be admitted or retained when the facility has the capability, capacity, and services to give appropriate care, or if the resident does not need services that the facility is not licensed to provide, does not arrange for, or if the facility does not have the staff with appropriate knowledge and skills to give those services. A resident cannot be admitted or retained if they require ongoing skilled nursing or care not within the licensure of the facility. For any resident requiring a nurse the facility must have a licensed nurse to meet their needs. Licensed nursing care cannot be delegated to unlicensed staff. Residents cannot be admitted or retained if they have emotional, or social needs not compatible with other residents in the facility, or if they are violent or a danger to themselves.
Idaho Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
All residents of assisted living facilities must be assessed. For residents paying privately, the facility must develop an assessment form or use the form assessment tool from the Department of Health and Welfare. In the case of residents whose costs are paid by state funds, the uniform assessment developed by the Department of Health and Welfare must be used.
Idaho Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
Only a licensed professional nurse can be responsible for overseeing all nursing responsibilities. Unlicensed who have successfully completed an assistance-with-medications course are allowed to assist residents with self-administration of medication. Checking the medication regimen for residents can only be performed by licensed nursing personnel on at least a quarterly interim.
Idaho Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Private units must be a at least 100 square feet, and shared units must have at least 80 square feet of space per resident. Two residents are allowed per unit. One toilet should be available per every six residents.
Idaho Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
Every facility in Idaho will have an administrator who will be organized and administer the facility, unless a variance has been issued allowing an administrator to oversee more than one facility. The administrator is required to be on site to provide safe and adequate care for the residents, and to meet the terms of their service agreements. The facility's administrator must be available at all times, and must be able to arrive on site within two hours. The administrator will supervise all personnel, including contract personnel. For facilities with 15 beds or less, there must be one or more qualified and staff in the facility during sleeping hours. If any resident is incapable of calling for assistance, staff must awake. For facilities with 16 beds or more, qualified staff must be awake and available during sleeping hours. There must be at least one qualified staff present and available in each building or unit that are not attached to the main facility when residents are present in the building. The facility will employ schedule. Facilities must have a sprinkler system installed before it can be licensed. There must be at least one direct care staff certified in first aid and CPR in the facility at all times. Administrators must be licensed by the state, and staff must have a minimum of 16 hours of job-related training before they can provide unsupervised assistance to residents. Employees who have not completed the training requirements must be under the supervision of another staff member who has completed the training. Training must be completed within one month of being hired. Licensed administrators should complete 12 hours of continuing education annually. All employees should receive eight hours of job-related training every year.
Idaho Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Personal care is reimbursed by a Medicaid state plan service, and a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver.
Idaho Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services
The State of Idaho has two Medicaid programs that pay for long term personal care regardless of the location - at home or in assisted living as long as the individuals do not live in a nursing home. They are called the HCBS Aged & Disabled Waiver and the Personal Care Services Program.
The Idaho HCBS Aged & Disabled Medicaid Waiver allows for an alternative to a nursing home facility. It is designated for persons aged, blind, or disabled in need of nursing home level care. The Aged and Disabled Waiver pays for services in assisted living communities. It allows the individual receiving care, to choose who provides them with care. They can select their own care providers but must use a 3rd party financial management organization to manage the payroll.
Idaho HCBS Aged & Disabled Medicaid Waiver Services:
- Adult Day Care
- Adult Residential Care
- Attendant Care
- Chore Services
- Home Delivered Meal Services
- Homemaker Services
- Non-Medical Transportation
- Psychiatric Consultation Services
- Residential Habilitation
- Respite Care Services
- Service Coordination
- Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
How to Apply - the Aged and Disabled Waiver is available throughout Idaho and the participant must qualify for the waiver. There may be a waiting list.
To check wait time, learn more, or apply, contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare regional office http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/tabid/127/Default.aspx.
Idaho Personal Care Services Program (PCSP)
The Personal Care Services Program is a Medicaid program for the elderly and the disabled needing assistance with activities of daily living in their homes. The program helps individuals maintain independence and avoid moving to a nursing home facility.
The Personal Care Services Program allows consumers to self-direct their care. They are able to determine their own care needs and hire family members to be paid caregivers.
Idaho Personal Care Services Program Benefits
- Assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and personal hygiene
- Assistance taking prescription drugs
- Meal preparation
- Shopping for essentials such as groceries and picking up medications
- Transportation assistance / escort services
Department of Health and Welfare Phone (208) 334-6626
Contact: Jamie Simpson Phone (208) 334-6626
Web Site: www.assistedliving.dhw.idaho.gov
What is the best number to call to get started? Call any of Idaho's State Specialists
Is there a website? http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov
Idaho Department of Health and WelfarePhone: (208) 334-6626
Phone: (208) 334-6626
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
License information source: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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