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WAC 388-97-0880

Environment.

The nursing home must provide and maintain:
(1) A safe, clean, comfortable, and homelike environment, allowing the resident to use his or her personal belongings to the extent possible;
(2) Housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly, and comfortable interior;
(3) Comfortable and safe temperature levels:
(a) Facilities licensed after October 1, 1990 must maintain a temperature range of seventy-one to eighty-one degrees Fahrenheit; and
(b) Regardless of external weather conditions, all nursing homes must develop and implement procedures and processes to maintain a temperature level that is comfortable and safe for residents;
(4) Comfortable sound levels, to include:
(a) Minimizing the use of the public address system to ensure each use is in the best interest of the residents; and
(b) Taking reasonable precautions with noisy services so as not to disturb residents, particularly during their sleeping time; and
(5) Lighting suitable for any task the resident chooses to do, and any task the staff must do.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52. WSR 08-20-062, ยง 388-97-0880, filed 9/24/08, effective 11/1/08.]
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