Sec. 21311. (1) Except as provided in section 21311a, 1 a home for the aged shall be licensed under this article.
(2) “Home for the aged” or a similar term or abbreviation shall not be used to describe
or refer to a health facility or agency unless the health facility or agency is licensed
as a home for the aged by the department under this article.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a home for the aged shall not
admit an individual under 55 years of age. Upon the request of a home for the aged and subject to subsection (4), the director
shall waive the age limitation imposed by this subsection if the individual, the individual's
guardian or other legal representative, if appointed, and the owner, operator, and
governing body of the home for the aged, upon consultation with the individual's physician,
agree on each of the following:
(a) The home for the aged is capable of meeting all of the individual's medical, social,
and other needs as determined in the individual's plan of service.
(b) The individual will be compatible with the other residents of that home for the
(c) The placement in that home for the aged is in the best interests of the individual.
(4) The owner, operator, and governing body of the home for the aged shall submit,
with its request for a waiver, documentation to the director that supports each of
the points of agreement necessary under subsection (3). Within 5 days after receipt of the information required under this subsection, the
director shall determine if that documentation collectively substantiates each of
the points of agreement necessary under subsection (3) and approve or deny the waiver. If denied, the director shall send a written notice of the denial and the reasons
for denial to the requesting party.
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