Title Admissions – Criteria
Statute or Rule 429.26(11) FS; 58A-5.0181(1) FAC

429.26 (11) No resident who requires 24-hour nursing supervision, except for a resident who is an enrolled hospice patient pursuant to part IV of chapter 400, shall be retained in a facility licensed under this part. 58A-5.0181 (1) ADMISSION CRITERIA.
(a) An individual must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be admitted to a facility holding a standard, limited nursing or limited mental health license:
1. Be at least 18 years of age.
2. Be free from signs and symptoms of any communicable disease that is likely to be transmitted to other residents or staff; however, an individual who has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection may be admitted to a facility, provided that the individual would otherwise be eligible for admission according to this rule.
3. Be able to perform the activities of daily living, with supervision or assistance if necessary.
4. Be able to transfer, with assistance if necessary. The assistance of more than one person is permitted.
5. Be capable of taking medication, by either self-administration, assistance with self-administration, or by the administration of medication.
a. If the resident needs assistance with self-administration, the facility must inform the resident of the professional qualifications of facility staff who will be providing this assistance. If unlicensed staff will be providing assistance with self-administration of medication, the facility must obtain written informed consent from the resident or the resident ‘ s surrogate, guardian, or attorney-in-fact.
b. The facility may accept a resident who requires the administration of medication if the facility has a nurse to provide this service, or the resident or the resident ‘ s legal representative, designee, surrogate, guardian, or attorney-in-fact contracts with a licensed third party to provide this service to the resident.
6. Not have any special dietary needs that cannot be met by the facility.
7. Not be a danger to self or others as determined by a physician or mental health practitioner licensed under Chapters 490 or 491, F.S.
8. Not require 24-hour licensed professional mental health treatment.
9. Not be bedridden.
10. Not have any stage 3 or 4 pressure sores. A resident requiring care of a stage 2 pressure sore may be admitted provided that a. Such resident either:
(I) Resides in a standard licensed facility and contracts directly with a licensed home health agency or a nurse to provide care, or
(II) Resides in limited nursing services licensed facility and services are provided pursuant to a plan of care issued by a health care provider, or the resident contracts directly with a licensed home health agency or a nurse to provide care;
b. The condition is documented in the resident ‘ s record and admission and discharge log; and
c. If the resident ‘ s condition fails to improve within 30 days as documented by a health care provider, the resident must be discharged from the facility.
11. Not require any of the following nursing services:
a. Oral, nasopharyngeal, or tracheotomy suctioning;
b. Assistance with tube feeding;
c. Monitoring of blood gases;
d. Intermittent positive pressure breathing therapy; or
e. Treatment of surgical incisions or wounds, unless the surgical incision or wound and the condition that caused it, has been stabilized and a plan of care developed.
12. Not require 24-hour nursing supervision.
13. Not require skilled rehabilitative services as described in Rule 59G-4.290, F.A.C.
14. Have been determined by the facility administrator to be appropriate for admission to the facility. The administrator must base the decision on:
a. An assessment of the strengths, needs, and preferences of the individual, and the medical examination report required by Section 429.26, F.S., and subsection (2) of this rule;
b. The facility ‘ s admission policy and the services the facility is prepared to provide or arrange in order to meet resident needs. Such services may not exceed the scope of the facility ‘ s license unless specified elsewhere in this rule; and
c. The ability of the facility to meet the uniform fire safety standards for assisted living facilities established in Section 429.41, F.S., and Rule Chapter 69A-40, F.A.C.
(b) A resident who otherwise meets the admission criteria for residency in a standard licensed facility, but who requires assistance with the administration and regulation of portable oxygen, assistance with routine colostomy care, or assistance and monitoring of the application of anti-embolism stockings or hosiery as prescribed by a health care provider in accordance with manufacturer ‘ s guidelines, may be admitted to a facility with a standard license as long as the following conditions are met:
1. The facility must have a nurse on staff or under contract to provide the assistance or to provide training to the resident to perform these functions.
2. Nursing staff may not provide training to unlicensed persons to perform skilled nursing services, and may not delegate the nursing services described in this section to certified nursing assistants or unlicensed persons as defined in Section 429.256(1)
(b), F.S. Certified nursing assistants may not be delegated the nursing services described in this section but may apply anti-embolism stockings or hosiery under the supervision of a nurse in accordance with paragraph 64B9-15.002(1)(e), F.A.C. This provision does not restrict a resident or a resident ‘ s representative from contracting with a licensed third party to provide the assistance if the facility is agreeable to such an arrangement and the resident otherwise meets the criteria for admission and continued residency in a facility with a standard license.
(c) An individual enrolled in and receiving hospice services may be admitted to an assisted living facility as long as the individual otherwise meets resident admission criteria.
(d) Resident admission criteria for facilities holding an extended congregate care license are described in Rule 58A-5.030, F.A.C