4220.127.116.11 Facility Laundry
A facility laundry area shall be provided that shall have provisions for the storing and processing of clean and soiled linen for appropriate resident care. Processing may be done within the facility, in a separate building on or off site, or in a commercial or shared laundry. Where soiled linen is processed as part of a facility laundry area, at a minimum, the following elements shall be included:
A separate room for receiving and holding soiled linen until ready for pickup or processing shall be provided. Discharge from soiled linen chutes may be received within this room or in a separate room. A handwashing facility and a utility sink shall be provided.
A central, clean linen storage and issuing room(s), in addition to the linen storage required at the nursing units shall be provided.
Parking of clean and soiled linen carts in separate areas from each other and out of traffic shall be provided.
Storage for laundry supplies.
Arrangement of the laundry processes shall generally provide for an orderly workflow from dirty to clean to minimize cross traffic that might mix clean and soiled operations.
If the household design model for person-centered care is utilized and if required by the functional program, resident laundry facilities including washing and drying equipment shall be provided for staff, family or individual resident use for the laundering only of a resident's personal items. If these laundry facilities are provided, they shall be readily accessible from each resident household without requiring the user to enter another resident unit, or floor and may be shared between two resident households. These resident laundry facilities shall not have to meet the requirements of the facility laundry described in Section 418.104.22.168 and may utilize residential laundry equipment. Each resident laundry room or area shall contain a handwash facility and if required by the functional program a single deep bowl utility sink.