Section 717.2 - Construction standards

717.2 Construction standards. (a) An inpatient hospice unit, if attached to or part of a general hospital, nursing home or health-related facility, shall comply with the same provisions for institutional occupancies required by NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, pursuant to section 711.2 of this Title, as the facility would be required to meet if such unit were used to house hospital inpatients, nursing home patients or health-related facility residents. Further details concerning this referenced material are contained in section 711.2(a) of this Title.

(b) A free-standing inpatient hospice facility or unit shall comply with the pertinent provisions for either residential occupancies or institutional occupancies as required by NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, pursuant to section 711.2 of this Title. The determination as to which of these chapters and provisions contained therein are applicable shall be dependent upon an assessment of the requirements of the approved operational and functional inpatient programs of the hospice. Further details concerning this referenced material are contained in section 711.2(a) of this Title.

(c) A free-standing hospice residence shall have a minimum capacity of three (3) residents and a maximum capacity of sixteen (16) residents. For the purposes of local laws and ordinances governing fire safety and building construction standards, any such residence shall be deemed either a one- or two-family dwelling. All free-standing hospice residences that do not operate beds dually certified for inpatient care shall comply, at a minimum, with the requirements for small residential board and care facilities as contained in chapter 21, section 21-2 of the NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, pursuant to section 711.2 of this Title, applicable to small facilities with an evacuation capability classification of Impractical. These codes and standards were published by the NFPA, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169, and are available online at www.nfpa.org or for public inspection and copying at the Regulatory Affairs Unit, New York State Department of Health, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237. Hospice residences that operate beds dually certified for inpatient care shall comply with the pertinent provisions for either residential occupancies or institutional occupancies as required by NFPA 101, Life Safety Code in accordance with subdivision (b) of this section.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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