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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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    1. SELECTING A SAFE ASSISTED LIVING HOME A guide to help families select the safe living environment their loved ones deserve.

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

    3. 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.

    4. 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

    5. 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?

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Exit sign Security Camera Smoke Alarm Fire Sprinkler Fire Alarm License Fire Extinguisher

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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