State Licensing for Senior Communities and Care Services in Illinois

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL  62761
(217) 782-4977

Illinois Department on Aging

Types of Housing/Care Search Definitions
Adult Day Services Adult Day Care Adult Day Service is designed especially for older people who want to remain in the community but who cannot be home alone during the day due to a physical, social and/or mental impairment. Adult day service also provides respite for family caregivers, especially those who are employed outside the home, and socialization for isolated adults. Services offered in adult day service centers include health monitoring, medication supervision, personal care and recreational/therapeutic activities. Nutritious lunches and snacks are served and special diets are provided. Several centers may specialize in providing care to clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders while others target specific ethnic populations.
Affordable Senior Housing Affordable Senior Housing HUD 202 Program that offers rental assistance for seniors who meet the requirements of the federal program.
Assisted Living/Shared Housing Assisted Living An establishment is a home, building, residence, or any other place where sleeping accommodations are provided for at least 3 unrelated adults, at least 80% of whom are 55 years of age or older and where the following are provided consistent with the purposes of this Act:

1. Services consistent with a social model that is based on the premise that the resident's unit in assisted living and shared housing is his or her own home;

2. Community-based residential care for senior persons who need assistance with activities of daily living, including personal, supportive, and intermittent health-related services available 24 hours per day, if needed, to meet the scheduled and unscheduled needs of a resident;

3. Mandatory services, whether provided directly by the establishment or by another entity arranged for by the establishment, with the consent of the resident or resident's representative; and

4. A physical environment that is a homelike setting that includes the following and such other elements as established by the Department in conjunction with the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Advisory Board: individual living units each of which shall accommodate small kitchen appliances and contain private bathing, washing, and toilet facilities, or private washing and toilet facilities with a common bathing room readily accessible to each resident. Units shall be maintained for single occupancy except in cases in which 2 residents choose to share a unit. Sufficient common space shall exist to permit individual and group activities.

Home Health Agencies Home Care Home Health Agencies & Care cover a broad range of services that are brought to a person in his or her own home, including: Part-time skilled nursing care, Part-time services of home health aides and homemakers (necessitated by a resident's poor health), Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Speech therapy, Nutrition counseling and Medical supplies and equipment.
Home Services Agency Home Care Home Services Agency – an agency that provides services directly, or acts as a placement agency, for the purpose of placing individuals as workers providing home services for consumers primarily in their personal residences.  Home services agency does not include agencies licensed under the Nurse Agency Licensing Act, the Hospital Licensing Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, or the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act and does not include an agency that limits its business exclusively to providing housecleaning services. (HHCN-HSA)
Hospice Hospice Hospice means a coordinated program of home and inpatient care providing directly, or through agreement, palliative and supportive medical, health and other services to terminally ill patients and their families. A full Hospice utilizes a medically directed interdisciplinary Hospice Care team of professionals and volunteers. The program provides care to meet the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and other special needs which are experienced during the final stages of illness and during dying and bereavement. Home care is to be provided on a part-time, intermittent, regularly scheduled basis, and on an on-call around-the-clock basis according to patient and family need. To the maximum extent possible, care shall be furnished in the patient's home. Should in-patient care be required, services are to be provided with the intent of minimizing the length of such care and shall only be provided in a hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act, or a skilled nursing facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act.
Intermediate Nursing Care Nursing Intermediate Nursing Care for the developmentally disabled is primarily for mobile adults who need physical, intellectual, social and emotional assistance. These facilities provide an environment approximating, as closely as possible, the patterns and conditions of everyday life in mainstream society. Such an environment is meant to encourage residents to learn, to interact with the community and to become less dependent on others. An Intermediate Care Facility is for people who need health services and some nursing supervision in addition to help with eating, dressing, walking or other personal needs. Medicaid may pay for Intermediate Care but Medicare never does.
Sheltered Care Facility Nursing A facility which provides personal care and intermittent nursing services.
Skilled Nursing Care Nursing A Skilled Nursing Care facility is staffed to make round-the-clock nursing services available to elderly or disabled residents who require them. In Illinois, the Medicaid program pays for care in a skilled nursing facility if a person's physician says such care is needed and his or her decision is approved by the program.

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