Nursing Facilities

"Nursing facility" or "nursing home" means a private home, institution, building, residence or other place, serving two or more persons who are not related by blood or marriage to the operator, whether operated for profit or not, and including those places operated by a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, which undertakes, through its ownership or management, to provide maintenance, personal care, or nursing for persons who, by reason of illness or physical infirmity or age, are unable to properly care for themselves. 

The term does not include the following:
(a)  A home, institution, or other place operated by the federal government or agency thereof, or by the state of Louisiana.
(b)  A hospital, sanitarium or other institution whose principal activity or business is the care and treatment of persons suffering from tuberculosis or from mental diseases.
(c)  A hospital, sanitarium or other medical institution whose principal activity or business is the diagnosis, care and treatment of human illness through the maintenance and operation of organized facilities therefor.
(d)  Any municipal, parish or private child welfare agency, maternity hospital or lying-in home required by law to be licensed by some other department or agency.
(e)  Any sanitarium or institution conducted by and for Christian Scientists who rely on the practice of Christian Science for treatment and healing.
(f)  Any nonprofit congregate housing program which promotes independent living by providing assistance with daily living activities such as cooking, eating, dressing, getting out of bed, and the like to persons living in a shared group environment who do not require the medical supervision and nursing assistance provided by nursing homes.  No congregate housing program, except those licensed or operated by the state of Louisiana, shall: (1) use the term "nursing home" or any other term implying that it is a licensed health care facility; or (2) administer medications or otherwise provide any other nursing or medical service.



Click here for information regarding the current and upcoming Nursing Facility Regulation Revisions.

 Mandated Reporting

PASRR Information:


Nursing Facilities' Locations

Alternate Use Beds- as of 06/18/2018

The Louisiana Department of Health, Health Standards Section issues Nursing Facility licenses. Once a license has been issued it shall be valid until its expiration date, unless otherwise revoked, suspended, or terminated.

There is currently a moratorium in place for nursing facilities in Louisiana.

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Feeding Assistants Information:

  • The following link provides information of the Feeding Assistant State Requirements: click here
  • The following link provides information of the American Health Care Association, Assisted Dining: The Role and Skills of Feeding Assistantsclick here
  • The following link provides the requirements and information related to the Direct Service Workers, for example, a feeding assistant: click here

Information for Nursing Facilities

Educational Information (2016 Regular Legislative Session - HB 969 Act 155 & HB 468 Act 28)

Given the high incidenses of flu this season, CMS has provided  the following information to State Agencies to share with providers: Hospital Alternative Care Sites

Click here to find the CMS Survey and Certification website providing information regarding:

  • CMS National Background Check Program
  • National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
  • Nursing Home Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement
  • CMS Policy & Memos to States and Regions  

IJ Plans of Removals

Click here for the Civil Money Penalty website

Click here to find the CMS website regarding:

  • Payroll Based Journal (PBJ)

Click here to find the CMS New Survey Process Tools

ePoc Information:Phase 1 (Training): Nursing Home Electronic Plan of Correction (ePOC)

Phase 2 (Enrollment): ePOC Enrollment Instructions

Nursing Home Change of Ownership (CHOW) Packet

Nursing Home Blue Books

Minimum Data Set (MDS) 

Dementia Partnership

Quality Improvement Information:

Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities- CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety-click here

Nursing Home Quality Improvement- Click here for Pressure Ulcer Information

Click here for Nursing Home Compare website

CMS- Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group- Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training

Developing an All Hazard Risk Assessment and Emergency Plan

Louisiana Ombudsman Contact List- click here

Criminal Background Check Information

Medication Attendant Certified (MAC)- click here

Nursing Facilities Program  Contact InformationPhone: 225-342-0114

Fax: 225-342-5073