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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summarized Congregate Living Standards for Converting a Residential Home into a CLHF with six or less bedridden patients.

1)    Facility requires fire sprinklers – NFPA -13D when licensed for two or more bedridden patients

2)    Smoke alarms are required in all sleeping areas, outside each sleeping area and all habitable areas. (Exceptions : kitchen bathrooms, closets or storage rooms)
-       Shall get primary power from building wiring with a battery back-up.
-       Shall be electrically interconnected
-       Minimum 15db above ambient noise throughout facility
-       Replaced every 10 years

3)    Carbon Dioxide alarms required

4)    If facility plans to house any deaf patients now or in the future, strobe alarms are required. Not required if not housing deaf patients

5)    Minimum of two exits are required

6)    Corridor width shall be a minimum of 36 inches

7)    Floor surface shall be a slip resistant surface

8)    Mean of egress shall not pass through more than one intervening room.

9)    Exit access requirements shall have access to one of the following exit arrangements from sleeping rooms
-       Direct access from each sleeping room to the exterior. Exit door a minimum of 3 feet in width and 6 foot 8 inches in height. Doors shall open a minimum of 90 degrees and have 32 inches of clearance
-       Sleeping rooms through an adjoining sleeping room with direct exit
-       Sleeping room through the hallway serving the sleeping which has an exit directly to the outside. Hallway shall be separated from the rest of the house by a wall and a 1 3/8” self-closing, solid core door.

10) No night latch, dead bolt, security chain or similar locking devices shall be used on sleeping rooms interior doors

11) Fire Extinguishers required

12) Change in level shall meet the requirements of California Building Code Section 425.8.5

These requirements are at minimum the expectation of fire marshall and will be assessed during the phase of sign off of work and permits end conclusions.  Then the occupancy permits will be issued upon passing of these scored regulations.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Converting an existing residential home into a LICENSE-ABLE congregate living residential home with six or less residents!

When you are converting an existing residential home into a residential home with six beds or less, the congregate living home facility or CLHF, it must comply with the basic regulations.   Here is the list of the regulations as it pertains to the construction and the most confused, talked about regulations that are often misquoted by lay-persons within the community, constructions workers, other consultants, and even investors.  Review these below in the image file or visit our website for this and even more here.

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