Each inpatient facility used by a hospice care program to provide inpatient care to its patients shall meet the following requirements:
(A) The facility shall have patient areas that are designed and equipped for the comfort and privacy of the patients and their family members.
INTERPRETIVE GUIDELINES: the facility shall ensure comfort by:
(1) Maintaining adequate lighting levels in the patient areas and designing patient areas that are devoid of glare and reflecting surfaces that produce discomfort;
(2) Minimizing the sound level;
(3) Maintaining a comfortable temperature. It is recommended that temperatures not exceed eighty-nine degrees Fahrenheit or fall below seventy-one degrees Fahrenheit, unless a higher or lower temperature is medically indicated, as documented by a physician in the patient's record, or the patient chooses a higher or lower temperature. If such a patient shares his or her room with other patients, the facility should make arrangements to accommodate the needs and desires of the other patients; and
(4) Providing adequate ventilation.
(B) The facility shall have physical space for private patient and family visiting;
(C) The facility shall provide accommodations for family members to remain with the patient throughout the night;
(D) The facility shall provide accommodations for family privacy after a patient's death;
(E) The patient areas in the facility shall have decor which is homelike in design and function.
INTERPRETIVE GUIDELINE: patients shall be permitted to bring personal items into the patient areas.
(F) Patients shall be permitted to receive visitors at any hour, including small children.
INTERPRETIVE GUIDELINE: it is recommended that patients also be permitted to receive visits from pets.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/27/2009 and 05/27/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3712.03
Prior Effective Dates: 12/31/1990