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6 Pa. Code § 21.74. Basic furnishings.

§ 21.74. Basic furnishings.

 A provider is responsible for furnishing to a client or, if appropriate, paying for the full cost of, the following basic items:

   (1)  Adequate housing in accordance with the standards in § §  21.27 and 21.80 (relating to domiciliary care home certification and recertification standards; and domiciliary care home maintenance activities).

   (2)  Basic utilities, including heat, electricity, hot and cold water, sewage and nontoll telephone service.

   (3)  Laundry service for bed linens, towels and personal clothing. A provider shall allow access to laundry equipment such as a washer, dryer, iron and ironing board for a client if the service is specified in the care plan. The home shall have sufficient bed linens to allow for a complete change of linens for a client once a week, or more often if necessary, and bed linens shall be changed at least once every week.

   (4)  Three nutritious meals per day, provided in accordance with §  21.78 (relating to nutrition responsibilities of providers). If some meals are provided through a Department-funded senior center, the provider shall pay the center for the full cost of meals received by the client at the center, or pay the center for meals as otherwise specified in the care plan developed under §  21.54(d) (relating to AAA care plan responsibilities).

   (5)  Other meals received outside the domiciliary care home which are initiated by the provider or which otherwise can be identified as the responsibility of the provider.

   (6)  Basic furnishings to include the following:

     (i)   A twin (or larger) bed without casters, or with locked casters, which does not require a client to climb steps or a ladder to get into or out of the bed.

     (ii)   A mattress and box spring.

     (iii)   A bed pillow.

     (iv)   A bedside table or shelf and bedside light.

     (v)   A dresser and mirror.

     (vi)   A clothes closet or wardrobe.

     (vii)   Bed linens and blankets.

     (viii)   Towels and washcloths and a towel bar.

   (7)  Transportation to enable a client to receive necessary, nonemergency medical services.

Cross References

   This section cited in 6 Pa. Code §  21.52 (relating to AAA service responsibilities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.54 (relating to AAA care plan responsibilities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.55 (relating to AAA placement activities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.75 (relating to client and provider agreement); 6 Pa. Code §  21.81 (relating to provider financial accountability); and 6 Pa. Code §  21.92 (relating to client responsibilities).

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