ADA compliance is a federal mandate for all businesses. Residential facilities face different regulations from places of public accommodation such as stores or restaurants. Supportive housing and assisted living facilities such as nursing homes to need to be particularly conscientious about ensuring that their premises and operations are compliant with ADA regulations.
Accessibility Concerns For Nursing Homes
Nursing home ADA compliance is important because these facilities serve so many permanently disabled individuals. They need to offer features such as wheelchair accessibility such as widened doorways, ramps, and handicapped accessible elevators. Bathrooms need to be made usable for individuals who use wheelchairs; they should be equipped with raised toilets and wall-mounted sinks. Facilities also need to accommodate individuals who use walkers and canes. These accommodations may include widened hallways and strategically placed grab bars.
Including Signage in Compliance
Readable signage is an integral aspect of ADA compliance in nursing homes. Signs need to be located at heights at which individuals who use wheelchairs will be able to see them. In addition, many residents may be visually impaired, so signs need to have large typefaces that are easy to read and must not produce significant glare.
All assisted living facilities should periodically evaluate their operations to confirm thorough compliance. It’s advisable to get expert help in identifying areas that may need improvement.