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:
- Eating/Nutrition: The ability to eat with or without special equipment;
- Dressing & Grooming: The ability to dress and undress; to comb one's hair; to file nails, and to use makeup, etc;
- Bathing & Personal Hygiene: The ability to bathe, wash hair, shave and care for teeth;
- Elimination: The ability to get to and from the toilet, to wash afterward and to adjust clothing;
- Mobility: The ability to get around, both inside and outside of the home, using items like canes and wheelchairs, if needed, in addition to the ability to transfer from bed or wheelchair; and
- Cognition: The ability to understand one's needs in areas such as health and safety. Issues with confusion, disorientation, forgetfulness or wandering may be considered behavior management needs.
Adult foster home classifications are then based on the level of care that potential residents need and the experience and training of the licensee.
CLASS 1: A class 1 license authorizes the licensee to admit residents who may need assistance with up to four of their ADLs. 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 direct 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 and examination.
CLASS 3: A class 3 license may be issued if the applicant has at least three years of experience providing direct care to adults who are elderly or physically disabled and require full assistance in four or more of their ADLs, or if the applicant possesses the following qualifications:
- Is a currently licensed health care professional in Oregon.
- Has satisfactory references from at least two licensed health care professionals who have direct knowledge of the applicant's ability and experience as a caregiver and completed the department’s basic training course and examination.