Nevada Tightens Assisted Living Qualification Standards

Nevada is tightening its regulations for what can be considered “assisted living” in the state, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Nevada Department of Health Care Quality and Compliance issued regulations last June that requires retirement communities to follow “strict regulations and meet certain standards” in order to be allowed to use the term “assisted living” to describe themselves, the Review-Journal says.

While the regulations went into effect last year, retirement communities had until January to either make their facilities conform to the new standards, or else drop the “assisted living” label from their listings.

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In order to be qualified as assisted living, facilities must offer services including intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal injections by licensed staff; care of indwelling catheters; oxygen monitoring; wound care; assistance with colostomy; and ileostomy care, says the article. The regulation also requires that a medical professional, such as a registered nurse (or higher), be on staff to manage residents’ care.

Across the nation, various states are seeing regulations develop or tighten for assisted living. In recent months, Pennsylvania has worked to define the middle ground between personal care homes and nursing homes, with facilities billing themselves as “assisted living” needing to follow certain regulations. Florida assisted living facilities are also enduring close scrutiny in regards to enforcing existing regulations and implementing new ones.

View the full Las Vegas Review-Journal article here.

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Written by Alyssa Gerace