Kathy Fiery Health Care Association of New Jersey
Licensure Terms : Assisted Living Facilities for Adults
The New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Health Facility Licensing and Certification Bureau, licenses and regulates assisted living facilities (ALFs), previously called adult residential care facilities. Facilities that provide a memory care unit must meet additional requirements relating to care coordination; staffing; employee training; individualized service plans (ISPs); assessments and re- evaluations; documentation; security; and resident rights.
The state does not have licensing provisions for the traditional adult foster care (AFC) model; the ALF regulations cover AFC homes serving two or more persons unrelated to the caregiver.
This profile includes summaries of selected regulatory provisions for ALFs. The complete regulations are online at the links provided at the end.
Assisted living facilities provide programmatic services and assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs) to two or more individuals.
Agreements cover the scope of services to be provided–and their cost–and admission and discharge criteria.
Facilities that provide memory care must disclose to prospective residents information about staff training and qualifications; types of resident diagnosis or behaviors for which the facility provides services and which the staff are trained to address; and information about the care, services, and the type of secured environment provided.
Admission and Retention Policy
Facilities may not admit or retain individuals requiring 24-hour continuous nursing care, which includes but is not limited to those who:
(1) are ventilator dependent;
(2) have Stage III or IV pressure sores;
(3) have any condition requiring either chemical or physical restraints; and
(4) require intravenous therapy or injections. Exceptions may be made for residents receiving hospice care.
Facilities that provide a memory care unit must conduct a pre-admission assessment of a prospective resident to evaluate whether less restrictive alternatives are available and the basis for the admission to the secured environment, including a physician diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Residents may be discharged if the facility cannot meet their needs or if they endanger the safety or health of individuals in the facility.