.54 Dayroom and Dining Area.

A. General Requirements. Resident Dining, Occupational Therapy, and Activities Program. The nursing home shall provide one or more attractively furnished areas of adequate size for resident dining, occupational therapy, and social activities. Activities space shall be of adequate size to meet the needs of the residents and shall be located on each floor occupied by residents.

B. Dining Area.

(1) A nursing home shall provide dining areas large enough to accommodate all residents who eat there at the same time.

(2) There shall be an allowance of at least 12 square feet per resident. This allowance shall be substantially increased proportionate to the number of residents who use a wheelchair.

(3) The height of tables provided in dining areas shall accommodate each resident using a wheelchair.

C. Dayroom Area. Dayroom areas shall be provided that are:

(1) Adequate for the residents located on each nursing care unit; and

(2) Located convenient to the residentsí bedrooms.

D. Multi-purpose Room.

(1) The nursing home shall provide a multi-purpose room for dining, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social activities. There shall be sufficient space to accommodate all activities without interfering with each other.

(2) The nursing home shall set aside areas for residentsí dining and recreation that total at least 30 square feet per licensed bed for the first 100 beds, plus 27 square feet per licensed bed for all beds in excess of 100.

(3) Areas that meet this requirement may include:

(a) Reception areas;

(b) Lobbies, portion not required for egress per NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, as are applicable to nursing homes;

(c) Hair care;

(d) Salon rooms;

(e) Resident gift shops;

(f) Theater;

(g) Auditorium;

(h) Spiritual worship;

(i) Meditation areas;

(j) Dayrooms;

(k) Dining areas;

(l) Libraries; and

(m) No more than 50 percent of the floor area of all occupational therapy and physical therapy areas, and other areas as approved by the Department.