State Licensing for Senior Communities and Care Services in Ohio

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Ohio Department of Health Division of Quality & Assurance
Bureau of Information & Operational
246 N High St
PO Box 118
Columbus, OH 43266-0118
(614) 466-3543

Ohio State Commission on Aging

Types of Housing/Care Search Definitions
Affordable Senior Housing Affordable Senior Housing HUD 202 Program that offers rental assistance for seniors who meet the requirements of the federal program.
Home Health Agencies Home Care A Home Health Agency (HHA) is an agency or organization that is primarily engaged in providing skilled nursing services and other therapeutic services, and that has policies established by a group of professionals (associated with the agency or organization), including one or more physicians and one or more registered professional nurses, to govern the services which it provides.
Hospice Hospice Hospice programs for the terminally ill stress relief of pain and uncomfortable symptoms as opposed to curative care. Hospices also address the patient’s physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs, as well as the psychosocial needs of the patient’s family/caregiver. Hospices may provide short-term inpatient care and respite care with an emphasis on keeping the patient at home with family as long as possible. Hospices provide core services including: nursing care by or under supervision of a registered nurse, medical social services, physician’s services and counseling, and may provide physical or occupational therapy and speech pathology services; home health aide services; homemaker services; medical supplies; and continuous home care for eight or more hours in a day in the event of crisis. Hospices are licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) under Chapter 3712. of the Ohio Revised Code. Hospice licenses are effective for three years. Federal standards for Medicare certified hospice programs are found at 42 CFR Part 418. Hospices are not currently subject to an annual survey visit, but are surveyed consistent with a percentage of total state universe as set by the Medicare budget each federal fiscal year. Hospices accredited by an accrediting organization approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may be deemed as meeting the Medicare Conditions of Participation and are not subject to a routine survey by the ODH. Since 2005, out-of-state hospice care programs providing services to patients in Ohio must have an administrative office in Ohio.
Nursing Homes Nursing A Nursing Home is used for the reception and care of elderly or disabled individuals who by reason of illness or physical or mental impairment require skilled nursing care and of individuals who require personal care services but not skilled nursing care. A Nursing Home is licensed to provide personal care services and skilled nursing care.
Residential Care Facilities Residential Residential care facility (RCF) means a home that provides either of the following: (1) Accommodations for seventeen or more unrelated individuals and supervision and personal care services for three or more of those individuals who are dependent on the services of others by reason of age or physical or mental impairment; (2) Accommodations for three or more unrelated individuals, supervision and personal care services for at least three of those individuals who are dependent on the services of others by reason of age or physical or mental impairment, and provide to at least one of those individuals, any of the skilled nursing care authorized by law. A residential care facility may admit or retain an individual requiring medication if: (1) The individual's personal physician has determined that the individual is capable of self-administration; or (2) The facility provides for the medication to be administered by a certified home health agency, a licensed hospice care program, or a qualified member of the staff. A residential care facility may admit individuals who require skilled nursing care beyond the supervision of special diets, application of dressings, or administration of medication, only if the care will be provided on a part-time, intermittent basis for not more than a total of one hundred twenty days in any twelve-month period.

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