7.8.2.19                 STAFFING RATIOS:  The following staffing levels are the minimum requirements.

  1.             The facility shall employ the sufficient number of staff to provide the basic care, resident assistance and the required supervision based on the assessment of the residents’ needs.

                                (1)           During resident waking hours, facilities shall have at least one (1) direct care staff person on duty and awake at all times for each fifteen (15) residents.

                                (2)           During resident sleeping hours, facilities with fifteen (15) or fewer residents shall have at least one (1) direct care staff person on duty, awake and responsible for the care and supervision of the residents.

                                (3)           During resident sleeping hours, facilities with sixteen (16) to thirty (30) residents shall have at least one (1) direct care staff person on duty and awake at all times and at least one (1) additional staff person available on the premises.

                                (4)           During resident sleeping hours, facilities with thirty-one (31) to sixty (60) residents shall have at least two (2) direct care staff persons on duty and awake at all times and at least one (1) additional staff person immediately available on the premises.

                                (5)           During resident sleeping hours, facilities with more than sixty-one (61) residents shall have at least three (3) direct care staff persons on duty and awake at all times and one (1) additional staff person immediately available on the premises for each additional thirty (30) residents or fraction thereof in the facility.

  1.             Upon request of the department, the facility shall provide the staffing ratios per each twenty-four (24) hour day for the past thirty (30) days.

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