He-P 805.24 Physical Environment.

  • The physical environment shall be maintained, inside and outside, so as to provide for the health, safety, well-being and comfort of resident(s) and personnel, including reasonable accommodations for residents and personnel with
  • Equipment providing heat within an SRHCF including, but not limited to, gas furnace or boiler, oil furnace or boiler, wood stove or pellet stove shall:
    • Maintain a temperature as follows, except where residents have control of the thermostat in their own room:
      1. Be at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night; and
      2. Be at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day if the resident(s) are present; and
    • Be serviced once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer with written documentation of such service retained for at least 4
  • Electric heating systems shall be exempt from (a)(2)
  • Portable space heating devices shall be prohibited, unless the following are met:
    • Such devices are used only in employee areas where personnel are present and awake at all times; and
    • The heating elements of such devices do not exceed 212 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Unvented fuel-fired heaters shall not be used in any
  • Plumbing shall be sized, installed, and maintained in accordance with the state plumbing code as adopted under RSA 329-A:15 and RSA 155-A.
  • Ventilation shall be provided in all enclosed living areas by means of a mechanical ventilation system or one or more screened windows that can be
  • Each resident bedroom shall have natural lighting provided by at least one operable window with a screen to the outside, which is of a size equivalent to or greater than 8% of the room’s gross square
  • The number of sinks, toilets, tubs or showers shall be in a ratio of one for every 6 individuals, unless household members and personnel have separate bathroom facilities not used by
  • All showers and tubs shall have slip resistant floors and surfaces which are intact, easily cleanable, and impervious to
  • All hand-washing facilities shall be provided with hot and cold running
  • In an SRHCF licensed for 16 or fewer residents, there shall be at least 80 square feet per room with a single bed and 160 square feet per room with 2 beds, exclusive of space required for closets, wardrobe and toilet facilities.
  • In an SRHCF licensed for 17 or more residents, there shall be at least 100 square feet for each resident in each private-bedroom and at least 80 square feet for each resident in a semi- private bedroom, exclusive of space required for closets, wardrobes and toilet facilities;
  • Bedrooms in an SRHCF licensed prior to the 2006 effective date of these rules shall:
    • Be exempt from (l) and (m) above;
    • Provide at least 80 square feet per resident in a private room; and
    • Provide at least 70 square feet per resident in a semi-private
  • The space requirements in (l), (m), and (n) above shall be exclusive of space required for closets, wardrobes, and
  • Each bedroom shall:
    • Contain no more than 2 beds;
    • Have its own separate entry to permit the resident to reach his/her bedroom without passing through the room of another resident;
    • Have a side hinge door and not a folding or sliding door or a curtain;
    • Not be used simultaneously for other purposes;
    • Be separated from halls, corridors and other rooms by floor to ceiling walls;
    • Be located on the same level as the bathroom facilities, if the resident has impaired mobility as identified by the RAT; and
    • If a licensed bedroom is temporarily being utilized for another purpose, it shall retain the capability of being restored to meet the requirements of a licensed bedroom without requiring additional construction or
  • The licensee shall provide the following for the residents’ use, as needed, except as requested by the resident or guardian and documented in their resident record:
    • A bed appropriate to the needs of the resident;
    • A firm mattress that complies with Saf-C 6000;
    • Clean linens, blankets and a pillow;
    • A bureau;
    • A mirror;
    • A bedside table;
    • A lamp;
    • A chair;
  • A closet or storage space for personal belongings; and
  • Window blinds, shades or curtains that provide
  • The resident may use his or her own personal possessions provided they do not pose a risk to the resident or
  • The licensee shall provide the following rooms to meet the needs of residents:
    • One or more living rooms or multi-purpose rooms; and
    • Dining facilities with a seating capacity capable of meeting the needs of all
  • Each licensee shall have a communication system in place so that all residents can effectively contact personnel when they need assistance with care or in an
  • Lighting shall be available to allow residents to participate in activities such as reading, needlework or
  • All bathroom, bedroom and closet door latches or locks shall be designed for easy opening from the inside and outside in an
  • During seasons when insects are active, screens shall be provided for:
    • Doors;
    • Windows; and
    • Other openings to the
  • Doors that are self-closing and remain closed when not in use shall be exempt from the requirement in (w)

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