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Title: Section 713-3.3 - General design criteria

Effective Date


713-3.3 General design criteria.

(a) Nursing homes shall be designed to provide flexibility in order to meet the changing physical, medical and psychological needs of the residents. The facility design shall produce a supportive environment to enhance and extend quality of life for residents. The architectural design, through the organization of functional space, the specification of ergonomically appropriate and arranged furniture, equipment, details and finishes, shall eliminate as many barriers as possible to effective access and use by residents of all space, services, equipment and utilities appropriate for daily living.

(b) Services for resident care shall be contained within the facility or the project narrative shall indicate the manner in which needed services are to be provided. Each space provided within the facility must comply with the requirements outlined in this Subpart. Appropriate modifications or deletions in space requirements required by this Subpart may be made to meet an approved operational program or when support services are permitted to be shared or purchased from facilities other than the facility under review.

(c) The sizes of the various service departments will depend upon operational program objectives and the functional organization of support spaces within the facility such that they maximize the best standards of safety and of medical and nursing practices and a high level of resident amenities.

(d) The physical characteristics of the facility, including interior finishes, shall be designed to meet the unique characteristics and needs of the residents including, but not limited to, visual, olfactory and hearing impairments, temperature requirements, and ambulation.

(e) The resident use areas such as bedrooms, dining areas, lounges and recreational areas shall be designed to facilitate resident identification with surroundings while promoting privacy, dignity, self-identity and self-determination. The interior design of resident use areas shall consider lighting, the use of finish materials, furniture arrangement and equipment, and shall specify ergonomically designed furnishings and equipment in order to promote resident independence and self-propelled ambulation, commensurate with the physical and mental capacity of the residents. Resident toilet rooms shall be provided in close proximity to these areas and shall be accessible to the physically handicapped. The configuration of these areas shall allow for self-determined socialization and leisure activities. The spaces shall be planned to promote resident use.


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