§ 2600.101. Resident bedrooms.

 (a)  Each single bedroom must have at least 80 square feet of floor space measured wall to wall, including space occupied by furniture.

 (b)  Each shared bedroom must have at least 60 square feet of floor space per resident measured wall to wall, including space occupied by furniture.

 (c)  Each bedroom for one or more residents with a mobility need must have at least 100 square feet per resident, to allow for easy passage between beds and other furniture, and for comfortable use of a resident’s assistive devices, including wheelchairs, walkers, special furniture or oxygen equipment. This requirement does not apply if there is a medical order from the attending physician that states the resident can maneuver without the necessity of the additional space. A legal entity with a personal care home license for the home as of October 24, 2005, that has one or more bedrooms serving a resident with physical mobility needs as of October 24, 2005, shall be exempt from the requirements specified in this subsection for the bedroom. If a bedroom is exempt in accordance with this subsection, additional square footage may be required sufficient to accommodate the assistive devices of the resident with mobility needs.

 (d)  No more than four residents may share a bedroom.

 (e)  Ceiling height in each bedroom must be an average of at least 7 feet.

 (f)  Each bedroom must have a window with direct exposure to natural light.

 (g)  A resident’s bedroom shall be used only by the occupying resident and not for activities common to other residents.

 (h)  A resident shall be able to access toilet, hand washing and bathing facilities without having to pass through another resident’s bedroom.

 (i)  A resident shall have access to his bedroom at all times.

 (j)  Each resident shall have the following in the bedroom:

   (1)  A bed with a solid foundation and fire retardant mattress that is in good repair, clean and supports the resident. A legal entity with a personal care home license for the home as of October 24, 2005, shall be exempt from the requirement for a fire retardant mattress.

   (2)  A chair for each resident that meets the resident’s needs.

   (3)  Pillows, bed linens and blankets that are clean and in good repair.

   (4)  A storage area for clothing that includes a chest of drawers and a closet or wardrobe space with clothing racks or shelves accessible to the resident.

   (5)  A bedside table or a shelf.

   (6)  A mirror.

   (7)  An operable lamp or other source of lighting that can be turned on at bedside.

   (8)  If a resident shares a bedroom with other residents, the items specified in paragraphs (4)—(7) may be shared with one other resident.

 (k)  Cots and portable beds are prohibited.

 (l)  Bunk beds or other raised beds that require residents to climb steps or ladders to get into or out of bed are prohibited.

 (m)  A bedroom may not be used as a exit from or used as a passageway to another part of the home unless in an emergency situation.

 (n)  A resident may not be required to share a bedroom with an individual of the opposite sex.

 (o)  The bedrooms must have walls, floors and ceilings, which are finished, clean and in good repair.

 (p)  There must be doors on the bedrooms.

 (q)  Space for storage of personal property shall be provided in a dry, protected area.

 (r)  There must be drapes, shades, curtains, blinds or shutters on the bedroom windows. Window coverings must be clean, in good repair, provide privacy and cover the entire window when drawn.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2600.232 (relating to environmental protection).



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