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Why ADA Nursing Home Signs Are Necessary

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ADA compliance in health-care establishments is both a logistical and legal necessity, which is why it’s so important to have ADA nursing home signs installed in these facilities. 

Organizations that serve the aging population have a responsibility to not only uphold ADA rules but also provide residents with features that allow them to navigate life with ease.

Whether your own facility is in need of new signage or you’re working with a client in this industry, it’s worth learning about the following:

Let’s get started…

How Does the ADA Affect Nursing Homes?

The ADA, which was signed into law in 1990 to prevent discrimination against those with disabilities, is divided into five sections (or titles). Title II of the ADA applies to hospitals, clinics, senior living facilities, and other health-care services operated by the government; Title III of the ADA applies to those entities that are privately owned and operated. 

Most establishments that provide housing and care to older adults fall under Title III of the ADA. 

As such, accessibility features in nursing homes must meet certain specifications, which can be found in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. For example…

And, of course, ADA nursing home signs are required as well. 

Although ADA-compliant signs are necessary in all public facilities, they are especially important in areas where there tends to be a large congregation of people with disabilities. One such location is a nursing home, where there are many elderly people living with disabilities related to sight, mobility, hearing, and more. 

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What Elements Are Required for ADA Nursing Home Signs?

One major challenge that many mature adults have is reading signs from a distance. The ADA outlines specific standards for various elements of ADA signs to make them specifically readable for even visually impaired people.

Ultimately, the idea is to create and install ADA nursing home signs in a way that helps seniors maintain their independence as much as possible by providing them with easy-to-read signage that outlines important information. 

What Are the Benefits of ADA Nursing Home Signs?

When ADA nursing home signs are installed throughout a facility, residents benefit in a number of ways. 

Further, ADA-compliant signage benefits administrators as well. 

How?

First, it allows them to give those in their care a greater sense of comfort and familiarity. This is especially important for new residents, as the transition into an elder care facility can be difficult. Second, it ensures that they won’t run into any noncompliance issues related to signage, which can otherwise result in fines or lawsuits

Takeaway

ADA nursing home signs aren’t just necessary for upholding the law; they’re also crucial for organizations that seek to provide the greatest level of care to residents while still allowing them to maintain their independence.  

Although purchasing and installing these signs should be a top priority, administrators may also want to consider adding features such as memory boxes. Combined with room number signs and personal trinkets, these boxes can be extremely helpful to those suffering from memory loss and/or visual degeneration.   

For more information about ADA nursing home signs and memory aids, contact the team at Erie Custom Signs today. We will be happy to speak with you more about all of the specifications we follow in creating sign solutions for these facilities.

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