58A-5.023. Physical Plant Standards  

Effective on Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 1(1) NEW FACILITIES. Newly constructed facilities to be licensed as assisted living facilities, and existing structures, not previously licensed as assisted living facilities, to be converted to assisted living facilities, as well as any subsequent additions, modifications, alterations, renovations or refurbishing of such facilities, are required by governmental entities other than the Department of Elder Affairs to adhere to certain building code and fire safety standards. Such standards may be found in:

    73(a) Chapter 4, Section 434, of the Florida Building Code as adopted in Rule 8761G20-1.001, 88F.A.C.;

    89(b) Section 633.022, F.S., Uniform Firesafety Standards and Rule Chapter 69A-40, F.A.C. The Uniform Fire Safety Standards for Assisted Living Facilities; and

    111(c) The National Fire Protection Association codes described in Section 121429.41, F.S.


    126(a) An assisted living facility must comply with the rule or building code in effect at the time of initial licensure, as well as the rule or building code in effect at the time of any additions, modifications, alterations, 165refurbishment, renovations or reconstruction. Determination of the installation of a fire sprinkler system in an existing facility must comply with the requirements described in Section 190429.41, F.S.

    192(b) A facility undergoing change of ownership is considered an existing facility for purposes of this rule.


    212(a) All facilities must:

    2161. Provide a safe living environment pursuant to Section 225429.28(1)(a), F.S.;

    2272. Be maintained free of hazards; and

    2343. Ensure that all existing architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural systems, and appurtenances are maintained in good working order.

    253(b) Pursuant to Section 257429.27, F.S., 259residents must be given the option of using their own belongings as space permits. When the facility supplies the furnishings, each resident bedroom or sleeping area must have at least the following furnishings:

    2921. A clean, comfortable bed with a mattress no less than 36 inches wide and 72 inches long, with the top surface of the mattress at a comfortable height to ensure easy access by the resident;

    3282. A closet or wardrobe space for hanging clothes;

    3373. A dresser, chest or other furniture designed for storage of clothing or personal effects;

    3524. A table or nightstand, bedside lamp or floor lamp, and waste basket; and

    3665. A comfortable chair, if requested.

    372(c) The facility must maintain master or duplicate keys to resident bedrooms to be used in the event of an emergency.

    393(d) Residents who use portable bedside commodes must be provided with privacy during use.

    407(e) Facilities must make available linens and personal laundry services for residents who require such services. Linens provided by a facility must be free of tears, stains and must not be threadbare.

    439Rulemaking Authority 441429.41 FS. 443Law Implemented 445429.27, 446429.28, 447429.41 FS. 449History–New 5-14-81, Amended 1-6-82, 5-19-83, 9-17-84, Formerly 10A-5.23, Amended 10-20-86, 6-21-88, 8-15-90, 9-30-92, Formerly 10A-5.023, Amended 10-30-95, 6-2-96, 10-17-99, 7-30-06, 4-15-10, 4-17-14.


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