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SELECTING A SAFE ASSISTED LIVING HOME. A guide to help families select the safe living environment their loved ones deserve. INTRODUCTION. This program is sponsored by The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety through a Homeland Security Grant. OBJECTIVE.

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SELECTING A SAFE ASSISTED LIVING HOME

A guide to help families select the safe living environment their loved ones deserve.


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INTRODUCTION

This program is sponsored by The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety through a Homeland Security Grant.


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OBJECTIVE

  • Educate the public on current regulations pertaining to Assisted Living Homes.

  • Offer a checklist to help families choose a safe, friendly, and comfortable home for their loved ones.


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LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

  • All Assisted Living Homes are required to be Licensed

  • License issued by Health Facilities Licensing & Certification / AK. Division of Public Health

  • Assisted Living Licensing web : sitewww.hss.state.ak.us/dph/CL/ALL/default.htm


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LICENSE CHECK LIST

  • Is it current and displayed?

  • Does Administrator have current state certification?

  • Is the facility a member of a trade or professional association?

  • Is the facility sponsored by a nonprofit organization?

  • How long has facility been licensed?


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FIRST IMPRESSION

  • Location and outward appearance

  • Convenient for visitors, and friends

  • Proximity to shopping, entertainment, and medical facilities

  • Public Transportation availability and accessibility

  • Clean, courteous, friendly, trained staff

  • Waiting list to get in or frequent vacancies


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LIVING AREA AND ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Well designed floor plan

  • Facility accommodating to wheelchairs and walkers

  • Elevators available for those unable to use stairways

  • Floor materials conducive for safe walking

  • Good lighting and marked exits


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Exit sign

Security Camera

Smoke Alarm

Fire Sprinkler

Fire Alarm

License

Fire Extinguisher


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ACCOMODATIONS (CONT.)

  • Clean and odor free

  • Security system and evacuation plan

  • 24-hour emergency response system accessible from each room (telephone or panic button)

  • Handicap accessible bathrooms

  • Resident cooking facilities

  • Smoking rules and regulations


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HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

  • List of available services and who provides them

  • Staff assistance available 24-hours daily

  • Programs for Alzheimer’s, and other dementias

  • How are emergencies handled?

  • Staff assistance for medications and transportation to medical facilities


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STAFF CHECKLIST

  • Facility's staff hiring policies and procedures

  • Eligibility requirements (references, criminal background check, certifications)

  • Staff training program and what it entails

  • Timely response to assistance requests


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FIRE PREVENTION / PROTECTION

  • Fire Marshal inspection history

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms installed and operational

  • Fire Extinguishers properly placed and in service

  • Fire Suppression Sprinkler System

  • Fire escape plan posted at exit of each room

  • Frequent fire evacuation drills

  • Proximity to fire station


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SUMMARY

  • Check for license and certifications

  • Appearance and location

  • Trained, courteous staff

  • Safety equipment

For more information contact

Assisted Living Licensing (907) 269-3640

Web Linkwww.hss.state.ak.us/dph/CL/ALL/default.htm

Or

The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety (907)746-5062

Web Linkwww.akburny.com

Assisted living home pictures courtesy of North Star Assisted Living

Phone # (907) 357-2012


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