State Licensing for Senior Communities and Care Services in Minnesota

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Minnesota Department of Health
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place Ste 300
PO Box 64900

St. Paul, MN 55164-0900

Board on Aging

Types of Housing/Care Search Definitions
Adult Day Care Adult Day Care Adult Day Care programs can provide social, recreational and health activities and services in group settings. This allows elderly or disabled participants the opportunity to socialize, meet others, and receive health and social services. It can also relieve families and others from their care giving duties.
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 Home Care Providers Assisted Living Assisted Living Home Care Provider means a home care provider who provides nursing services, delegated nursing services, other services performed by unlicensed personnel, or central storage of medications solely for residents of one or more housing with services establishments registered under Minnesota Statutes.
Assisted Living Programs Assisted Living As provided under a class E home care license, means individualized home care aide tasks or home management tasks provided to clients of a residential center in their living units, and provided either by the management of the residential center or by providers under contract with the management. In this subpart, “individualized” means chosen and designed specifically for each client’s needs, rather than provided or offered to all clients regardless of their illnesses, disabilities, or physical conditions.
Basic Home Care Home Care An agency licensed to perform assistive tasks for people who, because on an illness, disability, or physical condition, cannot perform the tasks for themselves.
Boarding Care Home Care Homes A Boarding Care Home provides personal or custodial care only. Examples of personal or custodial care include: help with bathing, dressing, or other personal care; supervision of medications which can be safely self-administered; or a program of activities and supervision required by persons who are not capable of properly caring for themselves.
Certificate of Registration for Home Management Home Care Housekeeping, meal preparation, and shopping services provided to a person who is unable to perform these activities due to illness, disability, or physical condition
Comprehensive Home Care Provider Home Care Home care services that may be provided with a comprehensive home care license include any of the basic home care services and one or more of the following: (1) services of an advanced practice nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, speech­ language pathologist, dietitian or nutritionist, or social worker; (2) tasks delegated to unlicensed personnel by a registered nurse or assigned by a licensed health professional within the person’s scope of practice; (3) medication management services; (4) hands-on assistance with transfers and mobility; (5) assisting clients with eating when the clients have complicating eating problems as identified in the client record or through an assessment such as difficulty swallowing, recurrent lung aspirations, or requiring the use of a tube or parenteral or intravenous instruments to be fed; or (6) providing other complex or specialty health care services.
Hospice Hospice A Hospice program includes palliative and supportive care and other services provided by an interdisciplinary team under the direction of an identifiable Hospice administration to terminally ill Hospice patients and their families to meet the physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, and special needs experienced during the final stages of illness, dying, and bereavement. Hospice is centrally coordinated program that ensures continuity and consistency of home and inpatient care provided directly or through an agreement.
Nursing Home Nursing A Nursing Home is a facility or that part of a facility which provides nursing care to five or more elderly or disabled persons. Nursing care involves health evaluation and treatment of patients and residents who are not in need of an acute care facility but who require nursing supervision on an inpatient basis.
Housing With Services Care Homes A Housing With Services establishment provides sleeping accommodations to one or more adult residents, at least 80 percent of whom are seniors (55 years of age or older). They also offer or provide, for a fee, one or more regularly scheduled health-related services or two or more regularly scheduled supportive services, whether offered or provided directly by the establishment or by another entity arranged for by the establishment.
Home Care Agency Home Care Home Care Agency means an entity that is regularly engaged in the delivery, directly or by contractual arrangement, of home care services for a fee. At least one home care service must be provided directly, although additional home care services may be provided by contractual arrangements. Home care service include any of the following services when delivered in a place of residence to a person whose illness, disability, or physical condition creates a need for the service: nursing services, including the services of a home health aide, personal care services, physical therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional services, home management services (housekeeping, meal preparation, and shopping) medical social services, provision of medical supplies and equipment, medical services and health-related support services.


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