38 CFR 59.140 - Nursing home care requirements.

§ 59.140 Nursing home care requirements.

As a condition for receiving a grant and grant funds for a nursing home facility under this part, States must comply with the requirements of this section.

(a) Resident rooms must be designed and equipped for adequate nursing care, comfort, and privacy of residents. Resident rooms must:

(1) Accommodate no more than four residents;

(2) Have direct access to an exit corridor;

(3) Have at least one window to the outside;

(4) Be equipped with, or located near, toilet and bathing facilities (VA recommends that public toilet facilities also be located near the residents dining and recreational areas);

(5) Be at or above grade level;

(6) Be designed or equipped to ensure full visual privacy for each resident;

(7) Except in private rooms, each bed must have ceiling suspended curtains that extend around the bed to provide total visual privacy in combination with adjacent walls and curtains;

(8) Have a separate bed for each resident of proper size and height for the safety of the resident;

(9) Have a clean, comfortable mattress;

(10) Have bedding appropriate to the weather and climate;

(11) Have functional furniture appropriate to the resident's needs, and

(12) Have individual closet space with clothes racks and shelves accessible to the resident.

(b) Unless determined by VA as necessary to accommodate an increased quality of care for patients, a nursing home project may propose a deviation of no more than 10 percent (more or less) from the following net square footage for the State to be eligible for a grant of 65 percent of the total estimated cost of the project. If the project proposes building more than the following net square footage and VA makes a determination that it is not needed, the cost of the additional net square footage will not be included in the estimated total cost of construction.

Table to Paragraph (b) - Nursing Home

I. Support facilities [allowable square feet (or metric equivalent) per facility for VA participation]:
Administrator 200
Assistant administrator 150
Medical officer, director of nursing or equivalent 150
Nurse and dictation area 120
General administration (each office/person) 120
Clerical staff (each) 80
Computer area 40
Conference room (consultation area, in-service training) 500 (for each room)
Lobby/waiting area. (150 minimum/600 maximum per facility) 3 (per bed)
Public/resident toilets (male/female) 25 (per fixture)
Pharmacy 1
Dietetic service 1
Dining area 20 (per bed)
Canteen/retail sales 2 (per bed)
Vending machines (450 max. per facility) 1 (per bed)
Resident toilets (male/female) 25 (per fixture)
Child day care 1
Medical support (staff offices/exam/treatment room/family counseling, etc.) 140 (for each room)
Barber and/or beauty shops 140
Mail room 120
Janitor's closet 40
Multipurpose room 15 (per bed)
Employee lockers 6 (per employee)
Employee lounge (500 max. per facility) 120
Employee toilets 25 (per fixture)
Chapel 450
Physical therapy 5 (per bed)
Office, if required 120
Occupational therapy 5 (per bed).
Office, if required 120
Library 1.5 (per bed)
Building maintenance storage 2.5 (per bed)
Resident storage 6 (per bed)
General warehouse storage 6 (per bed)
Medical/dietary/pharmacy 7 (per bed)
General laundry 1
II. Bed units:
One 150
Two 245
Large two-bed per unit 305
Four 460
Lounge areas (resident lounge with storage) 8 (per bed)
Resident quiet room 3 (per bed)
Clean utility 120
Soiled utility 105
Linen storage 150
General storage 100
Nurses station, ward secretary 260
Medication room 75
Exam/Treatment room 140
Waiting area 50
Unit supply and equipment 50
Staff toilet 25 (per fixture)
Stretcher/wheelchair storage 100
Kitchenette 150
Janitor's closet 40
Resident laundry 125
Trash collection 60
III. Bathing and Toilet Facilities:
(A) Private or shared facilities:
Wheelchair facilities 25 (per fixture)
Standard facilities 15 (per fixture)
(B) Full bathroom 75
(C) Congregate bathing facilities:
First tub/shower 80
Each additional fixture 25

1 The size to be determined by the Chief Consultant, Geriatrics and Extended Care, as necessary to accommodate projected patient care needs (must be justified by State in space program analysis).

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 101, 501, 1710, 1742, 8105, 8131-8137; Sections 2, 3, 4, and 4a of the
Architectural Barriers Act of 1968
, as amended, Public Law 90-480, 42 U.S.C. 4151- 4157)

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  • 2015-07-28; vol. 80 # 144 - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    1. 80 FR 44859 - Update to NFPA Standards, Incorporation by Reference
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