Types of Assisted Living Facility Licenses

There are four types of assisted living licenses. A facility must have a standard assisted living facility license in order to operate in the state of Florida. The other three licenses can be added in order for the facility to provide services designated outside the spectrum of a standard assisted living facility license. Below is a list of services that can be provided with each type of license.

Standard license: A residential facility that provides direct physical assistance with or the supervision of the activities of daily living, medications and other similar services.

Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license: An assisted living facility with an ECC license allows a resident to age in place by providing the basic services of an assisted living facility as well as:

  • – Limited nursing services and assessments
  • – Total help with bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
  • – Measurement and recording of vital signs and weight
  • – Dietary management, including special diets, monitoring nutrition, food, and fluid intake
  • – Supervise residents with dementia and/or cognitive impairments
  • – Provide or arrange for rehabilitative services
  • – Provide escort services to medical appointments
  • – Educational programs to promote health and prevent illness

Limited Nursing Services (LNS) license: An assisted living facility with a LNS license provides the basic services of an assisted living facility as well as nursing services provided by licensed nurses within the scope of their nursing practice. The resident would still need to meet admission and continued residency criteria.

Limited Mental Health (LMH) license: This type of license must be obtained if an assisted living facility serves one or more mental health residents. Services must be provided for the special needs of these residents, along with the basic services of an assisted living facility. A facility with this license must consult with the resident and the resident’s mental health case manager to develop and carry out a community living support plan.