Nursing Home Facility
2012 NFPA 99 Section 188.8.131.52.5.1 requires nurse calls in bathrooms of resident room and shall be accessible to patient lying on the floor. Is there a distance or range from the floor a pull chord needs is to be installed?
Good sense and judgement is the answer after inspecting 100s of the resident rooms.
When the cord was too long so the end was lying on the floor, the cleaning staff had a tendency to tie them up on the grab bars to clean the floors. That made the call station unusable for anyone on the floor. I would approve the cords that dangle straight down with the end about top of the baseboard and reachable from a lying position in the clear space of the floor which meant no call cords behind toilets and sinks. The same for the cord in the shower.
In addition, the call station must be within the reach ranges of wheelchair person and a person sitting on the toilet as prescribed by the 309 Operable Parts of the ADA Standards for Accessibility. The vertical cord of the call station must not hang over the toilet paper dispensers installed per 604.7 Dispensers of the ADA Standard for Accessibility. They have a tendency to be tied to the grab bars when the call station was installed directly above the dispensers.
This is the kind of information I feel is invaluable in these forums. Someone with insight is able to explain what many of us wouldn't think of.
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