TRANSPORTATION


§ 2800.171. Transportation.

 (a)  A residence shall be required to provide or arrange for transportation on a regular weekly basis that permits residents to schedule medical and social appointments within a reasonable local area.

 (b)  The following requirements apply whenever staff persons or volunteers of the residence provide transportation for the resident:

   (1)  The occupants of the vehicle shall be in an appropriate safety restraint at all times the vehicle is in motion.

   (2)  The driver of a vehicle shall be 18 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license.

   (3)  The driver of the residence vehicle cannot be a resident.

   (4)  At least one staff member transporting or accompanying the residents shall have completed the initial new hire direct care staff person training as specified in §  2800.65 (relating to staff orientation and direct care staff person training and orientation).

   (5)  The vehicle must have a first aid kit with the contents as specified in §  2800.96 (relating to first aid kit). The inclusion of an automatic external defibrillation device in a vehicle is optional.

   (6)  During vehicle operations, the driver may only use a hands-free cellular telephone.

   (7)  Transportation must include, when necessary, an assistant to the driver who assists the driver to escort residents in and out of the residence and provides assistance during the trip.

 (c)  The residence shall maintain current copies of the following documentation for each of the residence’s vehicles used to transport residents:

   (1)  Vehicle registration.

   (2)  Valid driver’s license for vehicle operator.

   (3)  Vehicle insurance.

   (4)  Current inspection.

   (5)  Commercial driver’s license for vehicle operator if applicable.

 (d)  If a residence supplies its own vehicles for transporting residents to and from medical and social appointments, a minimum of one vehicle used for this purpose shall be accessible to resident wheelchair users and any other assistive equipment the resident may need.

   (1)  The residence shall schedule a pick-up time to transport the resident to the medical or social appointment. The residence shall make every reasonable effort to pick-up the resident within 15 minutes before or after the scheduled pick-up time.

   (2)  The resident may not be dropped off at the medical or social appointment more that 1 hour prior to the time of the appointment.

   (3)  The residence shall make every reasonable effort to pick-up a resident from a medical appointment no later than 1 hour after the medical appointment.

   (4)  The residence shall make every reasonable effort to pick-up a resident from a social appointment no later than 1 hour after the end of the social appointment.

 (e)  If a residence arranges for transportation for residents to and from medical and social appointments the following apply:

   (1)  The residence shall schedule a pick-up time for the resident to be transported to the medical or social appointment. The residence shall make every reasonable effort for a resident to be picked-up within 15 minutes before or after the scheduled pick-up time.

   (2)  The residence shall make every reasonable effort for a resident to not be dropped off at the medical or social appointment more that 1 hour prior to the time of the appointment.

   (3)  The residence shall make every reasonable effort for a resident to be picked-up from the medical appointment no later than 1 hour after the medical appointment.

   (4)  The residence shall make every reasonable effort for a resident to be picked-up from the social appointment no later than 1 hour after the end of the social appointment.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2800.220 (relating to service provision).



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