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6 Pa. Code § 21.80. Domiciliary care home maintenance activities.

§ 21.80. Domiciliary care home maintenance activities.

 The provider shall assure that:

   (1)  The atmosphere and routine of the domiciliary care home enables clients to spend the majority of their hours outside of their bedrooms.

   (2)  Furnishings and housekeeping standards are of a standard that the domiciliary care home is comfortable and clean. Closets, attics, basements, cellars and furnace rooms shall be kept free from accumulation of extraneous material, such as discarded furniture, clothing, newspapers or magazines. Garbage and rubbish shall be removed from the premises at least once per week, and shall be stored in containers that have tight fitting covers.

   (3)  A minimum temperature of 68°F during waking hours and 65°F during sleeping hours is maintained in rooms used by clients. If the clients are 65 years of age or older, a minimum temperature of 70°F is maintained during waking hours and 65°F during sleeping hours in rooms used by those clients. If the temperature in rooms used by clients exceeds 85°F, a fan or air conditioner shall be provided.

   (4)  A client’s bedroom is not used for other purposes by the provider.

   (5)  Doors into rooms used by clients are not locked from the outside when a client is in the room.

Cross References

   This section cited in 6 Pa. Code §  21.52 (relating to AAA service responsibilities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.55 (relating to AAA placement activities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.74 (relating to basic furnishings); and 6 Pa. Code §  21.81 (relating to provider financial accountability).

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