SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-16-104.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is amending WAC 388-110-140 Assisted living services facility structural requirements.
Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6094), on August 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than August 5, 2009.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5 p.m., August 4, 2009.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by July 21, 2009, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing amendments to this section to include kitchen sink requirements for assisted living resident units in boarding homes; clarify rule language; and delete unnecessary or redundant language.
Reasons Supporting Proposal:
|•||Rectify an inadvertent omission of a physical requirement that occurred during a previous rule making;|
|•||Provide clarity to architects, building contractors, boarding home administrators, and department of health construction review staff, and department staff regarding assisted living facility physical requirements;|
|•||Clarify the type of sink that is required in the kitchen area of a resident unit; and|
|•||Make rules more user-friendly/easier to understand.|
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.39A.010, 18.20.090.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 74.39A, 18.20 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Judy Johnson, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98513, (360) 725-2591; Implementation and Enforcement: Lori Melchiori, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98513, (360) 725-2404.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The costs only apply to new boarding home construction. The department determined that the amendments were no more than "minor costs" as defined in RCW 19.85.030.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Judy Johnson, Boarding Home Program, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2591, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 17, 2009
Stephanie E. Schiller
(a) Meet the physical requirements that were in effect at the time of initial contracting; or
(b) If there is a break in contract, meet the requirements in effect at the time of the new contract.
(2) The contractor must ensure each resident has a
private apartment-like unit ((
meeting the requirements of a
type 'B' dwelling unit as defined by the International Code
Council A117.1 as adopted by the Washington State Building
Code Council. Except as provided in subsection (3) of this
section,)). Each unit must have at least the following:
(a) A minimum area of ((
one hundred eighty square feet in
an existing boarding home, and)) two hundred twenty square
feet (( in a new boarding home)). The minimum area may include
counters, closets and built-ins, but must exclude the
(b) A ((
separate)) private bathroom(( , which includes)).
The private bathroom must be equipped with a sink, a toilet,
and a shower or bathtub. (( In a new boarding home, the
contractor must provide a minimum of)) At least one wheelchair
accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower that is at least
forty-eight inches by thirty inches must be provided for every
two residents whose care is partially or fully funded (( by the
department)) through the assisted living contract;
(c) A lockable entry door;
(d) A kitchen area. The kitchen area must be equipped with:
(i) A refrigerator((
(ii) A microwave oven, range or ((
stovetop, and a counter
or table for food preparation. In a new boarding home, the
kitchen area must also be equipped with)) cooktop;
(iii) A counter mounted kitchen sink, with inside dimensions of at least twenty-one inches by fifteen inches, and a minimum depth of seven inches;
(iv) A storage space for utensils and supplies((
(v) A work counter surface, with a minimum usable surface
area of thirty inches ((
wide)) in length by twenty-four inches
(( in depth)) deep, a maximum height of thirty-four inches,
(( and a)) and having a clear knee space beneath at least
twenty-seven inches in height and thirty inches in length; and
(e) A living area wired for telephone and, where available in the geographic location, wired for television service.
(2)(a) For purposes of this section, a new boarding
(i) A new building to be used as a boarding home or part of a boarding home, for which plans are submitted to the department of health for construction review on or after June 8, 1996; or
(ii) An addition, modification, or alteration to an existing licensed boarding home, for which plans are submitted to the department of health for construction review on or after June 8, 1996.
(A) The department may, in consultation with the office of construction review services in the department of health, exempt from selected new boarding home contract construction requirements, a limited addition, modification, or alteration to an existing licensed boarding home that will improve the quality of life for residents, if compliance with all new boarding home contract construction requirements would otherwise make the limited addition, modification, or alteration cost prohibitive. A limited addition, modification, or alteration means any physical change to an existing licensed boarding home that does not affect the structural integrity of the building, does not affect fire and life safety, and does not increase the boarding home's maximum facility capacity as defined in WAC 388-78A-2020.
(B) A major addition, modification, or alteration to an existing licensed boarding home must meet new boarding home contract construction requirements for applicable portions of the building. A major addition, modification, or alteration means any physical change within a room or area in an existing licensed boarding home that results in reconstruction to structural or other building systems .))
(b) All boarding homes that are not new boarding homes
under subsection (2)(a) of this section, are existing boarding
homes. An existing building, or portion thereof, that is
converted to boarding home use must be considered an existing
boarding home unless there is an addition, modification or
alteration to the existing building.
(3) If a boarding home submitted plans to the department of health for construction review on or after June 8, 1996, and the boarding home had an assisted living contract as of September 1, 2004, then the boarding home is "grandfathered" under the contracting rules for structural requirements that were in effect at the time of contracting and is considered to meet the assisted living structural requirements of subsection (1) of this section. However, if the same boarding home submits plans to the department of health for construction review for an addition, modification or alteration of the boarding home after September 1, 2004, then the boarding home must meet the current new boarding home requirements of subsection (1) for the applicable portions of the building.))
(4))) (3) Married couples may share an apartment-like
unit under an assisted living contract if:
(a) Both residents understand they are each entitled to live in a separate private unit; and
(b) Both residents mutually request to share a single apartment-like unit.
(5))) (4) (( In a new boarding home,)) The contractor
must provide a private accessible mailbox (( in which the
resident may receive mail)) for each resident whose care is
partially or fully funded through the assisted living
(6))) (5) The contractor must provide homelike
smoke-free common areas with sufficient space for
socialization designed to meet resident needs. Common areas
must be available for resident use at any time provided such
use does not disturb the health or safety of other residents. The contractor must make access to outdoor areas available to
(7))) (6) The contractor must provide a space for
residents to meet with family and friends outside the
resident's living unit.
(8))) (7) The department may grant an exemption to the
requirements of this section (( as they apply to a specified
resident when it is in the best interest of the specific
resident)) in accordance with WAC 388-78A-2820.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.39A.010, 74.39A.020, 74.39A.060, 74.39A.070, and chapter 74.39A RCW. 04-16-063 and 04-18-001, § 388-110-140, filed 7/30/04 and 8/19/04, effective 9/19/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.39A.010, 74.39A.020, 74.39A.060, 74.39A.080, 74.39A.170, 18.88A.210-[18.88A.]240 and 70.129.040. 96-11-045 (Order 3979), § 388-110-140, filed 5/8/96, effective 6/8/96.]