1. The department shall establish a registration program for elder family homes. In order to meet the zoning requirements for classification as an elder family home under section 335.31 or 414.29, all of the following conditions must be met:
a. The responsible party shall register the home as an elder family home with the department.
b. The responsible party shall comply with visitation and assessment requirements as determined by the department.
c. The responsible party shall attend annual training as prescribed by the commission of elder affairs.
2. If, following a visitation, the care review committee finds that the needs of all of the residents of an elder family home are not being adequately met, the care review committee shall notify the appropriate area agency on aging. The area agency on aging shall cause to be performed a complete assessment of any of the residents whose needs are not being met. If, following the full assessment, the care review committee determines that any of the residents require additional services to meet the needs of the resident, the care review committee shall inform the responsible party that unless the resident relocates to a facility which is able to provide necessary services, the elder family home will no longer be designated as an elder family home and will no longer be in compliance with zoning requirements. The department shall notify the city council or the county board of supervisors if an elder family home is found to no longer be in compliance.
3. If the responsible party does not comply with the recommendations of the care review committee pursuant to subsection 2, the elder family home shall lose its designation for the purposes of zoning.
4. If the care review committee has probable cause to believe that any elder family home is in fact acting as a health care facility as defined under chapter 135C, upon producing identification that an individual is an inspector, an inspector of the department of inspections and appeals may enter the elder family home to determine if the home is in fact operating as an unlicensed health care facility. If the inspector is denied entrance, the inspector may, with the assistance of the county attorney in the county in which the elder family home is located, apply to the district court for an order requiring the responsible party to permit entry and inspection.
5. The department of elder affairs shall maintain a registry of elder family homes and shall act as a resource and referral agency for elder family homes.
6. Upon application for registration by a person seeking approval for an elder family home, the department shall notify the city council or county board of supervisors of the city or county in which the proposed elder family home is to be located. The city council or county board of supervisors shall respond to the application within thirty days of notification.
7. The department may delegate any duties under this section to local area agencies on aging.
8. The commission shall adopt by rule procedures for appointing members of a care review committee for each elder family home. To the maximum extent possible, the care review committee appointed for an elder family home shall include a person involved in a local retired senior volunteer program. The rules shall incorporate the provisions, if applicable, for care review committees pursuant to sections 135C.25, 135C.38, and 231.44.
9. The commission of elder affairs shall adopt rules as necessary, to implement this section.
91 Acts, ch 88, §2
CS91, § 249E.2
C93, § 231A.2
Referred to in § 335.31, 414.29
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