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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Looking for a residential address that can accomodate the regulations for congregate living facility?

Home Shopping for a Congregate living facility residence~

Here are some simple features of the home that you should consider when looking for your congregate living facility:

1.    The home residence should be a level, with the street.  Try to stay away from outdoor spaces that have varied degrees of elevations.  For the inside, it is near impossible to have a home with varied elevations due to the wheel chair capacities you must have in order to meet the regulations for both American Disabilities Act as well as for the CLHF regulations. 

2.  The home should not have any outdoor water features like swimming pools, above ground or otherwise.  Fountains, fish ponds are not the best choices for your outdoor areas because if a patient could reach this water, you will have to ensure their safety.  So recommendation is just to leave this out of your equation.

3.   The home must have a garage either attached or unattached to the main residential building.  The garage is not made for your car, but it is rather made for you to have storage and place things like your bio-hazardous waste, emergency water supplies, washer/dryer for your resident clothing. 

4.   It must be a home in a zoning labeled as a residential zoned area.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

5.   Entrances and Exits, there should be two entrances and exits.  Ideally, one in the front of the house, and one in the rear.  This creates the two.  

6.  Ramps.  The front and rear doors should have a ramp regardless of the degree of elevation, there should be a smooth transition from the porch to the inside of the home.  It does not have to be a ramp of any size, it can simply be the ramp cover over the indention of the entrance.

7.  Driveways are not necessary, outdoor recreational space for all residents is a requirement. 

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