Furnishings, Buildings, Physical Plant
(i) One half of the licensed beds shall be private rooms;
(ii) Sleeping rooms shall be homelike, well lighted, ventilated and equipped in
compliance with the requirements below;
(A) All windows shall have drapes, curtains, shades or blinds to assure
(B) Beds (if provided by the facility) shall be at least standard size in
width (39″), and shall be equipped with comfortable, clean mattresses and pillows. Mattresses
shall be professionally renovated or replaced as needed. Extra long beds shall be used to
accommodate tall residents. Rollaway-type beds, cots and folding beds shall not be used unless
the resident brings these items from home for personal use;
(I) Two residents may, by consent of both parties, or by
approval of the appropriate responsible party, be permitted to use one bed no smaller than double
size, and occupy a single-bed sleeping room.
(C) Cabinet or bedside table;
(D) Non-combustible wastebasket;
(E) Chair; and
(F) If common closets are utilized by two (2) or more residents,
dividers shall be provided for separation of each resident’s clothing. All closets shall be
equipped with doors. Free-standing closets shall be deducted from the square footage in the
(G) The size and arrangement of the residents’ beds, furnishings,
possessions or equipment shall allow the resident to gain fire emergency access to windows and
doors, and access to toilet room. Multiple-bed rooms shall have at least three (3) feet between
(H) Residents shall be encouraged to bring personal items and
furniture for their rooms, (e.g., beds, chairs, and pictures);
(I) There shall be at least one (1) bedside screen per double room
available to provide resident privacy when needed;
(J) There shall be an adequate supply of hot and cold water available
at each lavatory, bathtub/shower, kitchen sink, dishwasher, and laundry equipment. Hot water
for bathing, and resident handwashing, and laundry should be no hotter than one hundred and
twenty (120o) degrees Fahrenheit.
(K) All plumbing shall be maintained in good repair and according to
the requirements of the Uniform Plumbing Code;
(I) Private water systems shall be safe, potable, and have an
adequate supply. Testing shall be done monthly and records of tests shall be retained at the
(II) Private water systems shall be tested and found safe and
potable before Licensure is granted.
(L) Fireplaces shall be securely screened and glassed in;
Effective December 12, 2007
(M) The facility shall be maintained so that it is free of hazards, such as
loose or broken window glass, loose or cracked floors or floor coverings, or cracked or loose
plaster on wall or ceilings;
(N) At least one primary grade level entrance to the building shall be
freely accessible for wheelchairs;
(O) Each resident shall have his individual comb, toothbrush, towels,
and wash cloths;
(P) Clean drinking glasses shall be available for the residents.
Common drinking cups are prohibited;
(Q) Bathrooms shall have soap and toilet paper. The facility shall
provide paper towels or a blow dryer for hands, or rack space adequate for each resident using
the bathroom to hang his/her personal towel. Use of a common towel is prohibited;
(R) Provisions shall be made for privacy in all bath and toilet rooms;
(S) Automatic deodorizers or aerosol fresheners shall not be used
except in bathrooms; and
(T) Residents shall not use a common bar of soap. The facility shall
provide either soap dispensers or individual bars of soap for each resident.
(I) Housekeeping practices and procedures shall be employed
to keep the home free from offensive odors, accumulations of dirt, and dust.
(II) Floors shall be maintained and clean.
(III) Polish of floors shall provide a non-slip finish.
(IV) Throw or scatter rugs shall not be used. Non-slip mats may
(V) Covered containers with tight lids shall be used for garbage
(W) The facility shall be maintained free of insects and rodents. All
windows shall be screened. All exit doors opening inward shall have a screen door.
(X) Linens and laundry.
(I) Laundry service for linen and residents’ personal clothing
shall be provided. The manager shall take measures to ensure that residents’ clothing is not lost
or misplaced while laundering.
(II) All linen shall be bagged or placed in a hamper before
being transported to the laundry area.
(III) Bed linen shall be changed as necessary but at least
weekly. Additional blankets or pillows shall be provided. Rubber or water protective sheets
shall be used if indicated.
(IV) Two (2) complete changes of clean bed linen shall be on
hand for each licensed bed.
(1.) Torn, worn, or unclean bed linen shall not be used.
(V) All bleaches, detergents, disinfectants, and other cleaning
agents shall be separated from medicines and foods.
(VI) Soiled linen shall not be transported through, sorted,
processed, or stored, in kitchens, food preparation areas, or food storage areas.
(Y) The heating system shall be inspected yearly, before the heating
season, and maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
(Z) Portable space heaters shall not be used, (e.g. electric or kerosene).
(AA) Equipment Maintenance and Testing.
(I) The devices, equipment, systems, conditions,
arrangements, levels of protection, or any other features that are required for compliance with the
provisions of the Life Safety Code shall be permanently maintained for the building housing the