For over thirty years now, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, has governed how nursing homes and assisted living facilities operate. It requires that all residents with disabilities have access to the appropriate accommodations for living an uninhibited life to the utmost degree possible. Whether you’re a nursing home resident or a caregiver at an assisted living facility, understanding the basics of how ADA requirements affect your daily return is crucial for maintaining a safe, welcoming environment.
It Affects Visuals
ADA requirements for assisted living facilities indicate that all signs must meet certain criteria in order to accommodate those with poor eyesight. For example, signs should be created using specific fonts, such as the notably easy-to-read sans serif fonts, and should be hung at eye level so they are more noticeable to residents with poor vision.
It Affects Facility Layout and Organization
Although not every facility is wheelchair accessible, most are required by the ADA to make accommodations for ambulatory aids as much as possible. This means creating enough open space for residents to operate these aids and offering steadying handles and railings in locations that cannot accommodate larger aids.
Being aware of ADA requirements for assisted living facilities is a necessary part of operating or finding a home that meets all you or your family member’s needs.