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In Alabama, there are 2 main kinds of assisted living facilities. These are standard and special care assisted living facilities. These facilities are then divided into three categories based on the number of beds. The Family category consists of 2 or 3 residents. This kind of living can be set up in an individual’s home. It will be reviewed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 chapter for One and Two-Family Dwellings.
Group has 3 to 16 residents, and Congregate contains 17 or more residents. These categories must comply with the NFPA 101 chapter on Residential Board and Care with residents classified as “impractical to evacuate.” Under this requirement, each facility needs to have a working sprinkler system and a supervised fire alarm system.
Special care facilities require additional regulations through the state. Special care refers to residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s symptoms. Residents are required to be screened and approved in order to inhabit a special care facility. In this type of facility, there must be at least 2 staff members present, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Private rooms must consist of at least 80 square feet, while double occupancy must be a minimum of 130 square feet. Bathrooms may be shared. Common bathrooms must have at least one bath or shower per 8 residents. One lavatory and one toilet are essential per 6 residents.
Senior citizens account for approximately 14% of the population in the state of Alabama. 28% of those seniors live alone. The state ranks 50th compared to other states as far as long term care. This could be because of the low population of seniors living there.
Alabama is commonly known as the “Yellowhammer State” after their state bird, the Yellowhammer. It is also recognized as “The Heart of Dixie” and the Cotton State.
For more information on Alabama licensing for health care facilities, check here: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/providerstandards/index.html