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Updated Provisional Assisted Living License Application Now Available

On January 27, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Health Regulation Division has posted an updated provisional assisted living license application for providers interested in becoming an assisted living facility. The revised form has added instructional information and links to helpful statutory references.

Change of Information Form available on MDH website for Assisted Living Providers

On January 20, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has made the Change of Information Form available on the Assisted Living web page.

Minnesota Licensed Assisted Living Directors Can Earn Required CEUs at 2022 Institute

On January 13, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

Licensed Assisted Living Directors (LALDs) are required by the Minnesota Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTTS) to earn 30 clock hours in the two years before their license renewal.

Must Issue Certificate of Rent Paid by Jan. 31

On January 6, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

All rental property owners, managers or operators must provide a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) to each person who rented from them during the previous year by Jan. 31 if either of the following are true:

Changing LALD/ALDIR for Assisted Living Licensed Facility

On December 16, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

With assisted living licensees several months into the new licensing structure, several directors have transitioned from one position to another. When a director leaves an assisted living setting or the setting gets a new director, they must notify the Board of Executives for Long-term Services and Supports (BELTSS).

MDH Engineering Provides Survey Checklist for Assisted Living

On December 9, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shared a checklist to help guide assisted living providers in self-auditing compliance with physical environment requirements. The checklist covers the details from 144G that surveyors are looking for in the areas of:

Housing Support Program (GRH) Clarifies Meals Policy Relative to AL Statute

On December 2, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

In a recently released memo, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) clarified the Housing Support Program’s requirement to provide three meals a day in relation to the new assisted living contract limitation found in 144G.41, Subd. 1(13)(i)(C), which stipulates that “the facility cannot require a resident to include and pay for meals in their contract.”

MDH Indicates Forthcoming Guidance to Eliminate Assisted Living Visitation Restrictions

On November 18, 2021 by Kari Everson

The Minnesota Department of Health has indicated that the agency will issue guidance for assisted living settings in the coming days, reflecting recent federal guidance for nursing homes and eliminating visitation restrictions in long-term care settings.

Staffing Plans a Focus in Assisted Living Surveys

On November 18, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The assisted living rule contains specificity regarding several requirements of the assisted living statute, including staffing plans. The rule requires the Clinical Nurse Supervisor (CNS) to develop a staffing plan that considers several vital elements.

Assisted Living Surveys – Food Code and More

On November 4, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

In a meeting with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week, staff from the Environmental Health Division provided information on early findings regarding the food code during assisted living surveys. Most findings are in basic food handling safety measures.

Focus Areas in Early AL Surveys: Postings, Plans, Procedures, Training, and Infection Control

On October 28, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

Findings during initial surveys of assisted living settings show a range of compliance with most providers well underway with incorporating new requirements. Several themes are evident in these initial findings. Learning more about these themes can assist providers in auditing their facilities for compliance. 

Last Chance for 2021 Virtual Connect Conference, Oct. 27-28

On October 21, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

This is the last chance to register for next week’s 2021 Connect Conference. The two-day virtual event connects assisted living, senior housing, and home care providers for two days of education, updates, and learning.

ALL Together: New Assisted Living Newsletter Available from MDH

On October 21, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health's Health Regulation Division (HRD) will provide information, news, updates and links to assisted living providers, residents, resident families, and the public through a new weekly newsletter, ALL Together. To subscribe, enter your email address and click submit

LALD Mentors Needed! Help Train the Next Generation of Assisted Living Leaders

On October 21, 2021 by Jenna Kellerman

Are you interested in advancing the next generation of leaders in assisted living? LeadingAge Minnesota is looking for Licensed Assisted Living Directors (LALDs) to volunteer as mentors for students enrolled in our Assisted Living Director Licensure Program.

Survey Tool for Assisted Living Meals and Menu Requirements Now Available

On October 20, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has made the survey tool for assisted living meals and menus available. The tool provides insight into how compliance with the USDA Guidelines will be interpreted. 

Virtual Connect Conference is Oct. 27-28; Registration Remains Open

On October 14, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

The 2021 Connect Conference will be a virtual event on Oct. 27 and 28 and is packed with excellent education and learning opportunities.

Registration remains open and includes both the live broadcast of the conference, and full on-demand access to all session content through the end of the year.

Assisted Living Licensure Closure Form Now Available

On October 14, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health has added an Assisted Living Licensure Closure Form to their Forms and Self-Audit Tools page under the “notifications” heading. The form provides guidance for the closure process.

Make Connections! Join us for the Virtual Connect Conference on Oct. 27-28

On October 7, 2021 by Heidi Simpson

The 2021 Connect Conference will be a virtual conference on Oct. 27-28. Connect Conference brings together providers of senior housing, assisted living, and home care for two days of exceptional education and connecting with your colleagues from around the state.

Assisted Living Licensees come in all Sizes and Locations

On September 30, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

This week’s report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on the status of current assisted living licensees provides a glimpse at the composition of assisted living around the state. Of the currently licensed 1973 assisted living facilities, 1337 of those are in the seven-county metro area, leaving 636 throughout the rest of the state.

Last Chance to Affiliate Background Studies from Home Care to Assisted Living Record

On September 30, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

Starting Oct. 15, non-renewed home care licenses that expired or were closed due to conversion to an assisted living facility license will also have their background study records closed.

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