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Custom ADA Signs for Assisted Living Facilities: Benefits, Guidelines & More

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If you manage an assisted living facility (or frequently fabricate signage for those who do), you know that having ADA-compliant displays is necessary. What you may not know is that such signage doesn’t have to be bland or ugly just to conform to ADA standards. In fact, ADA signs for assisted living facilities can be customized to include elements of an organization’s brand identity and fit existing décor. 

Getting custom ADA signs for your or a client’s facility is highly recommended, which is why it’s worth learning more about the following:

But first, let’s take a moment to discuss the importance of ADA signage in assisted living facilities…

The Importance of ADA Signage in Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities are another example of a type of building that needs to follow some stringent ADA guidelines, especially when you consider the people who will be spending a great deal of time in these buildings. Many of the residents will have poor vision, walking difficulties, and more. This means ADA compliance is necessary from a legal and logistical standpoint to avoid potential fines and lawsuits. 

Proper signage for people who are aging and perhaps even suffering from decreasing cognitive abilities must reflect clarity in terms of words, placement, and pictures, and must use contrasting colors. It’s not just enough for a sign to say, “Men’s Room,” for example—there should be clear color and picture identifiers. Further, the fonts used must be clear and crisp in color and use tones that contrast well with the background.

When it comes down to it, ADA signage helps create a warm, welcoming, and functional environment for residents. It’s not just about adhering to the law; it’s about reducing stress, improving navigation, and making those in the organization’s care feel more secure. 

Benefits of Custom ADA Signs for Assisted Living Facilities

Whether you’re interested in outfitting your facility with new ADA signage or assisting a client in this area, chances are you’re curious about what specific benefits these signs can offer. Here are some of the advantages of custom ADA signs for assisted living facilities:

Additionally, on the sign shop side, the ability to provide assisted living clients with custom ADA signs allows professionals to tackle special projects—even when orders can’t be addressed in-house. 

How to Customize ADA Displays for Such Facilities

Assisted living room sign with photo insert of elderly female resident and black cat labeled grandma.

Now that you understand the benefits of getting custom ADA signs for assisted living facilities, you’re likely curious about what customization options are available.

Here are some of the ways your (or your client’s) signs can be fabricated to fit your exact needs:

It’s worth noting that compliance doesn’t end at signs themselves. Although you can order custom signs that meet ADA design standards, it’s important to adhere to mounting guidelines as well. That’s why we provided a quick rundown that both facility managers and sign shop owners may find helpful…

Mounting Height Requirements for ADA Signs in Assisted Living Facilities

As mentioned above, ADA compliance isn’t met once signs are ordered. There’s also the matter of making sure they’re mounted properly. 

As in any other case of ADA signage, mounting height is crucial. In assisted living facilities, it’s important that signs are mounted in areas where residents will actually see them. ADA guidelines go into great detail about mounting height and locations, but a good rule of thumb is to install braille signs on the latch side of the door no lower than 48 inches from the floor, and no higher than 60 inches from the floor. Consistency in this regard helps make it easier for residents to navigate throughout the building safely and independently.

This idea of independence is especially vital for assisted living facilities. Though the residents are getting older and experiencing more health problems, they still want to maintain their independence as much as possible. Having appropriately designed and mounted custom signs placed throughout a building allows residents to accomplish this.


At Erie Custom Signs, we develop a wide range of custom ADA-approved signs specifically for assisted living facilities. These signs include everything from room markers and descriptions to emergency signs, directories, and rule postings. As our team is well versed in ADA rules and regulations, you can feel confident your order will meet both federal and state regulations.

Further, you have the ability to choose from several customizable options to better incorporate and blend the signage seamlessly with existing décor. You can use various patterns on top of laminate or acrylic surfaces, as well as choose from a wide assortment of designs.

For more information about custom ADA signs for assisted living facilities, contact Erie Custom Signs today for a free quote!

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Summary of best practices for custom ADA signs for assisted living facilities.

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