By David Besnette
In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Living Facilities Provided by the State of Idaho.
This research guide will show you how to research Assisted Living in Idaho using State data sources and sites. In this research guide you will learn:
- How to find assisted living facilities anywhere in Idaho using state (non-commercial) databases and research tools
- How To Find Medicaid Facilities Statewide
- How To View Enforcements, Surveys, and Complaints Reports
- View Idaho’s Assisted Living Regulations
How To Find Assisted Living in Idaho
The State of Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare provides a very good ‘Consumer’ page that provides excellent information on the State’s Assisted Living and Residential Care programs.
At this time, the site’s main page looks like this:
Under the ‘Consumer Information’ section down the page, you’ll see some additional links, including a ‘Find a Facility’ link that, once expanded using the plus (+) symbol, will reveal a link to a Facility Search Tool provided by FLARES (Facility Licensing and Regulatory Enforcement System).
Once there you’ll see a very user-friendly search box to find Assisted Living in Idaho.
You can simply select a county, to see all of what’s available in a certain county, or you can type in a city, or a particular facility name. On the right, you’ll see a number of checkboxes that allows you to further filter your search. They include:
- Medicaid Clients
- Developmentally Disabled Clients
- Elderly Clients
- Mental Illness Clients
- Physically Disabled Clients
- Traumatic Brain Injury Clients
and whether the facility has Secured Memory Care Units.
Finding Facilities in Idaho That Accept Medicaid:
For this example, I checked the box that says “Medicaid Clients” and left everything else blank. This gave me 242 facilities statewide that accept Medicaid.
The facility information provided is also very useful.
For starters, you can see which facilities have received the following awards, indicated either by a Gold or Silver star:
- Gold Excellence in Care Award – No deficiencies were cited during the survey
- Silver Excellence in Care Award – No core deficiencies were found and there were three or fewer non-core deficiencies cited during the survey
Selecting a facility provides the following information:
- Facility Name
- Facility Direct Phone Number
- Licensed Beds
- Whether Medicaid Clients Accepted
- Resident Types (including Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Elderly, TBI)
- Secured Beds
- Administrator Information (First, Last Name, Start and End Date)
- Owner Information
- Enforcement Actions
- List of Historical Documents
Viewing Surveys and Complaints Reports
You’ll notice that on the facility details page, you are presented with a list of Enforcement Actions, Surveys and Complaints (if any occurred).
With each event or inspection, you’ll see a little ‘magnifying glass’ icon that allows you to view a report (if one is available).
Once you select the view/magnifying glass option, you’ll see the report, which might look something like this:
How To View Idaho’s Assisted Living Regulations
Going back to the Department of Health and Welfare site, you will see, down towards the bottom, a section for Regulatory Requirements and Guidance.
From there, you can expand each section. Sections include:
- Administrative Rules
- State Statutes – Idaho Code (IC)
- Nursing in Assisted Living
Starting with Administrative Rules, you’ll be able to view a lengthy .pdf document containing administrative rules for Assisted Living and Residential Care in Idaho.
I’ll include a snapshot of the Table of Contents here, so you can get an idea of what’s included:
Note: This is only page 1 of 5 pages of the Table of Contents. Obviously, there is a lot to learn and digest here in regards to Idaho’s Assisted Living Rules.
These rules are so important to at least know where you can view them. Residents, family members, owners, staff, caregivers and employees must know where they can view, or get a copy of these regulations so that they may either execute the proper care and service, or, in the case of a family member, challenge the staff and owners if something is amiss.
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