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Home for individual residential care

“Home for individual residential care” means a home in which a natural person furnishes food, shelter, assistance and limited supervision, for compensation, to not more than two persons with intellectual disabilities or with physical disabilities or who are aged or infirm, unless the persons receiving those services are related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to the person providing those services.

The term does not include:

  1. A halfway house for recovering alcohol and drug abusers; or
  2. A home in which community-based living arrangement services or supported living arrangement services are provided by a provider of such services during any period in which the provider is engaged in providing the services.

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      Licensing and Applications

      To apply for a license to operate a home for individual residential care, you must complete the following:

      Infection prevention and control

      The Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (HCQC) infection prevention and control team is available for consultations and risk assessment; onsite technical support; outbreak support; and questions about infection prevention and control issues. The team has also complied general resources and unlicensed caregiver training information, as linked below. Regarding any of the services listed above, send an email to

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