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28 Pa. Code § 205.36. Bathing facilities.

§ 205.36. Bathing facilities.

 (a)  The facility shall provide a general bathing area in each nursing unit to serve residents’ bedrooms which do not have adjoining bathrooms with a bathtub or shower.

 (b)  Bathing fixtures for either the tub or shower shall be provided at a ratio of one fixture per 15 beds or major fraction thereof.

 (c)  Unless bathing fixtures are located in a separate room, there shall be compartments to permit privacy. Cubicle curtains may provide this privacy.

 (d)  Each room or compartment shall provide space for the use of bathing fixtures, wheelchairs and dressing. Sufficient space shall be provided for the attendant who may need to assist the resident.

 (e)  Each bathing room shall include a toilet and lavatory. If more than one tub or shower is in the bathing room, privacy shall be provided at each bathing facility and at the toilet.

 (f)  Showers designed for wheelchair use may be no less than 4 feet square, shall be without curbs and shall have handrails and curtains.

 (g)  Water controls for handicapped shower areas shall be located outside the shower stall. Other shower areas may have standard installation of shower controls.

 (h)  The facility shall have at least one bathtub in each centralized bath area on each floor that is accessible from three sides with a minimum of 3 feet clearance on each side and 4 feet clearance from the foot of the tub to adjacent wall or obstruction.


   The provisions of this §  205.36 amended under section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  448.803); and section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  532(g)).


   The provisions of this §  205.36 adopted August 29, 1975, effective September 1, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 2233; amended January 31, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 514; amended July 23, 1999, effective July 24, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 3999. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (242523) to (242524).

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