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Assisted Living Directories and Glossary of Terms

Directories

The Department licenses, certifies, registers and regulates four types of assisted living facilities:

Directories can be utilized to identify the location, type of assisted living facility, client groups served, capacity and/or number of apartments as well as minimum/maximum rates charged to residents.

We also encourage you to review Choosing an Assisted Living Facility (PDF, 57 KB).

Glossary of Terms

Listed below are the definitions of terminology that is used in the assisted living directories:

Capacity: Licensed capacity of the AFH or CBRF, i.e., the maximum number of residents in care at one time. Capacity in an RCAC means the number of apartments for which they are certified/registered.

  • RCACs wishing to establish eligibility for Medicaid waiver reimbursement must be certified and may serve tenants who need access to public funding and/or who are private pay. RCACs that serve private pay tenants only may be registered.

Classes under DHS 83. The following classes of licensure became effective on 1-1-97 and are found in DHS 83.04(2). License classifications apply only to CBRFs.

  • The class field will be blank on the AFH and ADC directories.

  • On the RCAC directory, the term "certified" or "registered" will appear in the class field.

    • Certified RCACs may accept both private pay tenants and tenants who qualify for Community Options Program (COP) or Medicaid (MA) waiver funding through county departments of health/human services.

    • Registered RCACs serve private pay only tenants.

CBRF Classifications:

  • Class A Ambulatory (AA). A Class A Ambulatory CBRF may serve only residents who are ambulatory and are mentally and physically capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without any help or verbal or physical prompting.

  • Class A Semiambulatory (AS). A Class A Semiambulatory CBRF may serve only residents who are ambulatory or semiambulatory and are mentally and physically capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without any help or verbal or physical prompting.

  • Class A Nonambulatory (ANA). A Class A Nonambulatory CBRF may serve residents who are ambulatory, semiambulatory or nonambulatory, but only if they are mentally and physically capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without any help or verbal or physical prompting.

  • Class C Ambulatory (CA). A Class C Ambulatory CBRF may serve only residents who are ambulatory, but one or more of whom are not mentally or physically capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without any help or verbal or physical prompting.

  • Class C Semiambulatory (CS). A Class C Semiambulatory CBRF may serve only residents who are ambulatory or semiambulatory, but one or more of whom are not physically or mentally capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without help or verbal or physical prompting.

  • Class C Nonambulatory (CNA). A Class C Nonambulatory CBRF may serve residents who are ambulatory, semiambulatory or nonambulatory, but one or more of whom are not physically or mentally capable of responding to an electronic fire alarm and exiting the facility without help or verbal or physical prompting.

Contact Person/Administrator: The person to contact at the facility location.

Facility Name and Address: Self-Explanatory.

Gender: The assisted living facility serves male and/or female residents.

Initial License/Certification: Date facility was first licensed/certified/registered.

Licensee Name: Name of the person or corporation holding the license to operate the assisted living facility.

Low/High Rate: Monthly minimum and maximum rates charged to the residents/tenants by the facility. Assisted living facilities are not required to report this information to the Division of Quality Assurance. Typically, monthly rates are determined by the amount of services a resident/tenant may need. The Division recommends checking directly with facilities to verify monthly rates.

Mailing Address: The address to which all official notices from the Division of Quality Assurance are sent. This may be the same or a different address from the facility location address. It is not, in all cases, the address of the licensee.

Specialty Programs:

  • Advanced Aged (60 + years)

  • Alcohol/Drug Dependent

  • Alzheimers/Irreversible Dementia

  • Correctional Clients

  • Developmentally Disabled

  • Emotionally Disturbed/Mental Illness

  • MA Waiver (facility has contract with county to accept residents with federal waiver funds)

  • Persons With Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDs)

  • Physically Disabled

  • Pregnant Women Who Need Counseling

  • Terminally Ill

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Veterans Administration

Note: Specialty Programs are not listed on the RCAC directory. RCACs primarily serve advanced aged persons.

Telephone: Telephone number at the facility location.

Last Updated: September 12, 2014