A resident is discharged from your facility and your storage area for discharged resident’s records is running out of space. To resolve this issue, you would like to get rid of some records. How long must the facility keep resident records?
The regulation states that once a resident is discharged from your ALF, the facility is required to keep the resident’s file for two years. However, the facility contract has to be kept for five years. In order to comply with this regulation, if you want to shred the whole resident file including the resident contract, you must wait five years.