Every home is different and should provide supports and services to meet the unique needs of the residents. As you begin to think about what population you plan to support, it will become clear what items you will need to help your clientele feel comfortable, safe and right at home.
If you are supporting children, consider what you need in the home to effectively support children. Keep in mind that the needs of the adolescent teen are very different from the needs of small children.
For homes that are set up as Memory Care programs, its important to consider safety measures for residents at risk of wandering or elopement.
Whether you are planning to operate a personal care home for senior citizens, children, homeless veterans, or people with mental health challenges there are basic items that every PCH should have to ensure the health and safety of its residents..
Below are 10 basic items you must have in your home.
These are the basics and not in any way the only safety items needed. This list is not exhaustive. There are and will be many other items that are required by your licensing board, state government or that you personally find useful.
- Smoke Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Ladder
- First Aid Kit
- Emergency Food Supply
- Flash lights
- Wheel Chair Ramps
- Bedside Commode
So check our the rules and regulations in your area for setting up and operating a personal care home and go get what you need!