4D Healthcare Accessibility in the International Codes
The designs for hospital, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are changing dramatically. Hospitals are moving to single rooms and offering special facilities for bariatric patients. Many ‘hospital’ activities are moving to outpatient procedures or even out of the hospitals entirely and into ambulatory care facilities. Nursing homes and assisted living are changing to private rooms or suites to provide a more home like environment. The ICC is working with the American Hospital Association to revise and improve provisions in the codes for these types of facilities. This discussion will address the Codes accessibility requirements including Accessible hospital and nursing home rooms; provisions for bathrooms; requirements for exam rooms in a doctor’s office; staff areas such as clean/dirty linen, labs, break rooms; and kitchen areas in the ‘house’ concept for nursing homes. Studies for assisted toileting in nursing homes/hospitals and specifics for bariatric patients is also being explored.