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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

SELECTING A SAFE ASSISTED LIVING HOME

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

introduction

INTRODUCTION

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

objective
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.
licensure and certification
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
license check list
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?
first impression
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
living area and accommodations
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

accomodations cont
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
health and personal care services
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
staff checklist
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
fire prevention protection
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
summary
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