November 1, 2019
As a leading fire protection company, Fire & Life Safety America is experienced in providing reliable life safety service to assisted living facilities. If you are in that stage of life with elderly parents residing in an assisted living facility, you should ask yourself on whether or not your parents are safe or not?
Providing a Safe Environment for the Elderly
Assisted living facilities meet a very specific purpose in caring for residents who are unable to care of themselves at home. Many families rely on residences like these to not only provide the basic needs of the elderly but especially in providing a safe environment in which to live.
Reliable Fire Protection is Imperative
Older adults are more vulnerable to fire related events. By age 65, people are twice as likely to be injured or possibly killed by fire per the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). When you consider the elderly living in community with one another, the need for reliable fire protection is imperative. The needs of senior citizens is unlike any other so special considerations must be taken when an assisted living facility implements fire protection systems and plans of evacuation. Special precautions are required for those residents that are unable to evacuate during an emergency and FLSA can be a trusted partner in developing a plan and consultation towards being prepared for an emergency with the proper system and service to ensure peace of mind.
Fire Protection Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities
The requirements for assisted living facilities have specific fire protection requirements. For those assisted living facilities receiving Medicaid/Medicare funding, meeting these requirements is critical.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities that requires health care facilities to migrate from using the 2000 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code to the 2012 edition, and mandates compliance with provisions of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.
In addition to the CMS guidelines, assisted living facilities must comply with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (LSC) and NFPA 99 Healthcare Facilities Code (HCFC) requirements. The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code serves as the most widely used resource for strategies geared to protect people in the event of a fire and related hazards based on building construction and occupancy features.
Are your parents safe? Thankfully, there are many action items you can take to ensure your parents are safe while you are away. Schedule a meeting with the facility manager to learn what, if any, fire protection systems that are installed and what emergency evacuation plans that are in place.