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How do nursing homes get licensed?

If you are looking into nursing homes for yourself or a loved one, you will start to see that these facilities are licensed by the state. A nursing home license helps ensure the facility has the ability to properly care for residents. A facility must meet certain requirements and provide specific documentation to show it qualifies for the license, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Getting a license begins with an application. The facility requests this application by submitting a letter of intent that provides the mailing address. The application must be completed and submitted with a fee.

In the application, the facility must provide information on the physical building to be used. This includes any plans and inspection information. In addition, the facility has to provide a program narrative, which is a general synopsis of what the facility will do and who it will serve. Manuals covering procedures and policies must also be submitted as part of the application. A temporary license can be given once these things are provided. To obtain a full license, the facility must also undergo a health survey and safety code visit, along with getting approval from the board of pharmacy.

Once issued, the license is valid for a year. The facility must renew the license annually. In addition, any changes at the facility must be immediately reported to keep a license valid. If a facility misses the deadline for renewal, a new application has to be submitted. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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