Areas that accommodate the following shall be available:
- A full range of social activities;
- Private conversations;
- Group activities; and
- Resident privacy, when appropriate.
All areas of the facility occupied by residents shall be climatically controlled in a manner conducive to the comfort and privacy of the residents and shall include the following.
A design temperature of at least 72°F (22°C) and not to exceed 85°F (29°C) shall be used for waking hours in all areas used by residents. During sleeping hours, a temperature of at least 68°F (20°C) shall be used. These temperature requirements apply unless otherwise mandated by federal or state authorities.
When cooling devices are used, they shall be placed or adjusted in a manner which minimizes drafts.
Drinking water shall be readily available and easily accessible to residents.
Mirrors reasonably free of distortion shall be placed in appropriate places to aid in grooming and to enhance self-awareness.
Clocks shall be provided to promote awareness of time and day.
The use of door locks or closed sections of the building shall comply with all applicable safety standards.
Clean, well-lighted and ventilated laundering facilities for resident use shall be available on the premises or in the immediate neighborhood.
A telephone which allows private conversations shall be available and easily accessible within the facility.
Facility lighting shall promote clear perceptions of people and functions. When and where appropriate, lighting shall be controlled by residents.
Whenever feasible, the environment shall provide views of the outdoors.
Bedrooms shall be designed to meet the following criteria.
All resident bedrooms shall be ventilated, well-lighted and located convenient to a bathroom.
Resident bedrooms designated for single occupancy shall provide a minimum inside measurement of 80 square feet (7 m2) of usable floor space.
Resident bedrooms designated for multiple occupancy shall provide a minimum inside measurement of 60 square feet (6 m2) of usable floor space per bed and be limited to four occupants.
Each resident bedroom where furnishings are supplied by the facility shall be furnished with personal storage space and adequate space for hanging clothes.
Bathrooms shall be designed to meet the following criteria.
A toilet and lavatory facility shall be provided for every six residents, and toilets shall be equipped with seats.
A minimum of one tub or shower facility, equipped with nonslip devices, shall be provided for every eight residents.
Bathrooms shall be ventilated, adequately lighted and have clearly labeled hot and cold running water.
Each bathroom shall have a door in working order to assure privacy.
When there is more than one toilet or bathing facility in a bathroom, provisions are required for privacy.
Bathrooms used by residents with disabilities shall be equipped to ensure safety and independent mobility.
Common living areas shall be designed to meet the following criteria.
A room, separate from sleeping areas, shall be provided where residents may read or engage in socialization or other leisure time activities.
A minimum of 35 square feet (3 m2) of living and dining space per resident shall be provided by all facilities except those comprised of apartments. This space shall include living, recreational and other space designated accessible to residents, but shall not include bathrooms, corridors, storage space, or screened porches which cannot be adapted for year round use. Facilities with bedrooms which include living space may count the square footage that is in excess of the bedroom square footage requirements as part of the 35 square footage (3 m2) living and dining space requirements.