Residents of independent and assisted living facilities have a right to be safe and secure in their homes and on the grounds of the property where they are living.
By law, property owners and managers have a duty to protect residents from any injuries or foreseeable harm. This duty is paramount when overseeing the care of elderly or disabled residents who may not be able to protect themselves, particularly in the event of a fire or emergency. Assisted living facility owners and managers must consider resident mobility in their fire safety and emergency evacuation plans. Should a property owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges residents and their families to consider fire safety in their selection and oversight of an assisted living facility:
- Is the building well maintained? Make sure that paper and other storage items do not block doors or hallways needed for escape.
- Check to make sure there is an evacuation plan in place that involves all staff and is practiced regularly.
- Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, smoke detectors, and sprinklers?
- Check on the staff-to-patient ratio. How many staff per resident during the day and especially at night or on weekends and holidays? Is supervisory staff available to carryout an escape plan if there is a fire?
- Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a separate room or staff supervision?
- Does nursing home management take your questions regarding safety seriously and are they forthcoming with information?
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