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Home Services/Home Nursing Placement

"Placement agency" means any person engaged for gain or profit in the business of securing or attempting to secure (i) work for hire for persons seeking work or (ii) workers for employers. The term includes a private employment agency and any other entity that places a worker for private hire by a consumer in that consumer's residence for purposes of providing home services. The term does not include a person that provides or procures temporary employment in health care facilities, as defined in the Nurse Agency Licensing Act.
A Home Nursing Placement agency is an agency that acts as a placement agency, in order to deliver skilled nursing and home health aide services to persons in their personal residences. 
A Home Services Placement agency is an agency that acts as a placement agency for the purpose of placing individuals as workers providing home services for consumers primarily in their personal residences. Services provided include assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, personal laundry, and companionship provided to an individual in his or her personal residence, which are intended to enable that individual to remain safely and comfortably in his or her own personal residence. 


For information on filing a complaint or checking the status of a current complaint, please visit our complaint section.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an agency apply for multiple licenses (i.e. Home Health, Home Services, Home Nursing and or Placement agencies)?

Yes the applicant shall complete the initial application and select all of the licenses the agency is applying for on page 2 of the application and shall pay the higher of the licensure fees applicable. A home nursing agency or a home service agency shall pay a licensure fee not to exceed $1500.  The fee is not refundable. A home nursing placement agency or home services placement agency shall pay a licensure fee not to exceed $500.  The fee is not refundable.  Home Health Agencies.  For a single home health agency license only, each initial and renewal application shall be accompanied by a license fee of $25. The fee is not refundable.

What is considered a change of ownership?

License Nontransferable

  1. Each license shall be issued only for the specific agency named in the application and shall not be transferred or assigned to any other person, agency or corporation.
  2. Sale, assignment, lease or other transfer, voluntary or involuntary, shall require relicensure by the new owner prior to maintaining, operating or conducting an agency.
  3. In the case of agencies operating under a franchise arrangement, each unique business entity shall obtain and maintain a distinct license and shall not share licensure based on franchised name status.
  4. A licensee shall notify the Department in writing at least 30 days in advance of any intention to:
    • Change ownership; or
    • Sell its agency.
  5. A change of ownership happens when one of the following transactions occurs:   
    • In an unincorporated sole proprietorship, when the property is transferred to another party;
    • A material change in a partnership that is caused by the removal, addition, or substitution of a partner;
    • In a corporation, when the provider corporation merges into another corporation, or the consolidation of two or more corporations, one of which is the licensee, resulting in the creation of a new corporation; or
    • The transfer of any corporation stock that results in a change of the person or persons who control the agency, or
    • The transfer of any stock in excess of 75 percent of the outstanding stock.
  6. Pursuant to subsection (d)(5)(C), the transfer of corporate stock or the merger of another corporation into the licensee corporation does not constitute a change of ownership if the licensee corporation remains in existence. In these transactions, the name of the corporation, its officers, its independent subsidiaries, and any other relevant information that the Department may require shall be made available to the Department upon request.
  7. If a sale of an agency causes a change in the person or persons who control or operate the agency, the agency is considered a new agency, and the licensee shall apply for a new license and shall comply with this Part and any other applicable State and federal rules.
  8. Whenever ownership of an agency is sold from the person or organization named on the license to another person or organization, the new owner shall apply for a new license. The new owner shall file an application for license on the renewal/change of ownership application at least 45 days prior to the sale.
  9. The Department shall issue a new license to a new owner who meets the requirements for licensure under this Part. The transactions described in this Section shall not be complete until the Department issues a new license to the new person, legal entity, or partnership. The former licensee shall return its license to the Department by certified mail.

What is required for a relocation of the health care provider?

The health care provider shall complete the IDPH “Facility Information Change Form” prior to the relocation and submit to the Department. 



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