Are You Meeting These RCFE Regulations?
As an RCFE owner, you have probably considered how you would respond to a disaster. Whether you have considered a fire breaking out in your building or a flood sweeping through your area, you have hopefully given some thought to life’s what-ifs.
Thinking about how your facility would respond in the face of an emergency is important for more than just your peace of mind, though. There are certain RCFE regulations to which you must adhere. Here is a quick look at a few of them.
- Your facility must have a written disaster plan that is readily available and includes fire safety, posted information on exit routes from your facility and emergency contact information, and relocation sites. 87212(a)-(b), 87212(b)(2)(A)-(G), 87223(a)
- You must keep a fully stocked first aid kit readily available. 87465(a)(9)
- Any staff who plays a role in helping with your residents’ activities of daily living must receive a minimum of 10 hours of training within their first four weeks of employment. Each year, they need to receive four additional hours of training. They must also receive first aid training from a qualified agency (e.g. American Red Cross). 87411(c)(1)
- Each resident and staff member must have access to the name and telephone number for each resident’s doctor, dentist, and an ambulance service. 87465(f)(1), 87465(f)(3)
- Any windows or doors that have security bars must have a safety release that has been approved. H&S Code 1569.6991
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