The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) in January released the draft of a new standard on residential care facilities for public comment titled Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities. Developed in response to the widespread adoption of person-centered care and deinstitutionalization in the residential care industry, the new guidelines are based on the requirements for residential care facilities in the 2010 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and public proposals submitted on that text in fall 2011. The document provides minimum recommendations for new construction and renovation of nursing homes, hospice facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living settings, adult day care facilities, wellness centers and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Comments will be open through March 20.

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