What are the three classifications of adult foster homes?

Adult foster home classifications in Oregon are primarily based on the experience and/or training of the providers. In each classification, the licensee may only admit residents with a certain number of impairments. These impairments are defined according to six major activities of daily living (ADLs), including:

Adult foster home classifications are then based on the level of care that potential residents might need and the experience and training of the licensee and resident manager or shift caregivers, as applicable. All adult foster home providers must have taken and passed the Department’s basic training course and exam for adult foster home providers prior to being licensed.

CLASS 1: A class 1 license authorizes the licensee to admit residents who may need assistance with up to four of their ADL’s. The applicant must pass the department’s basic training course and examination.

CLASS 2: A class 2 license may be issued if the applicant has two or more years of experience providing care to adults who are elderly or physically disabled. This AFH may admit residents who require assistance in all ADLs but require full assistance in no more than three ADLs. In addition, the applicant must complete and pass the department’s basic training course for AFH potential licensees.

CLASS 3: A class 3 license may be issued if the applicant is a currently licensed health care professional in Oregon or if the applicant possesses the following qualifications:

All classes of ventilator homes must meet Class 3 requirements in addition to ventilator-assisted care requirements.

In addition, the applicant must complete and pass the department’s basic training course and exam for potential AFH providers.

Staff from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Aging and People with Disabilities (APD), or the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offices verify the qualifications of the caregiver and then determine the classification of the adult foster home. Representatives from the local office also conduct annual licensing inspections in the adult foster homes, and investigate complaints and concerns if they arise.