Examples: Some provincial regulations require 7.4 metres of floor space for single rooms and at least 5.6 square metres for each person in rooms housing more than one individual. Group assignments and room accommodations may be adjusted as appropriate to the service provided, therapeutic considerations, level of risk, or developmental appropriateness.
Examples: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides standards to ensure safety for full-size and non-full size cribs.
Organizations that serve families house families as a unit and keep sibling or family groups together, when possible.
NAThe program does not serve family units, or housing families as a unit is not possible or prohibited by law.
Residents participate actively in:
decorating and personalizing their sleeping area;
choosing clothing based on their personal preferences;
food preparation and meal planning; and
contributing to decisions about how to make living areas inviting, comfortable, and reflective of the their interests and diversity.
Recognizing that there are communities where access to affordable, quality food is limited, it is important for personnel to take into consideration where residents will reside after they are discharged so healthy eating habits can continue long after they leave care.
Facilities support quality therapeutic programs and settings accommodate:
individual, small, and large group activities;
activities that invite use of community resources;
a variety of after school, evening, weekend, holiday, and school break programs for use by residents, guests, family, and community members;
a variety of activities that are focused around the resident's home, community, and extended family and friends;
quiet reading, study hours, and help with school assignments;
individual hobbies and group projects that may be large and constructed over time; and
alternatives to watching television, such as art, photography, or other creative activities.
Residential facilities provide:
sufficient supplies and equipment to meet residents’ needs;
access to a telephone, computer, and the internet as permitted, for use by residents and personnel;
adequate space for administrative support functions, food preparation, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, and storage;
rooms for providing on-site services, as applicable;
accommodations for informal gathering of residents including during inclement weather;
at least one room suitably furnished for the use of on-duty personnel; and
private sleeping accommodations for personnel who sleep at the facility, if applicable.
Indoor and outdoor settings are clean, maintained in good condition, and promote the health and safety of personnel and residents.
The facility’s outdoor area should contain sufficient space for recreational activities. Outdoor equipment should meet playground equipment safety standards and be appropriate for the number, age, and developmental level of residents. Programs serving children should have outdoor and indoor play spaces with adequate toys, books, and other recreational supplies.