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Old 09-11-2017, 07:22 PM   #1
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It's my first crack at a Nursing home, I've done several memory care and assisted living buildings but this is a different animal.
My question is do I have to follow the 6' rule for receptacles in the resident units?
The code is really vague on this topic.
I'll have a 4 plex receptacle on one side of the bed on the equipment branch power and another 4 plex on normal power on the other side of the bed.
Will I need to follow the 6' rule for the rest of the room?
The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for health states that I only need one receptacle on each wall after receptacle requirements by the bed are made.
If I follow the 6' rule I would need to add two receptacles per unit which I don't want.
The room is not considered a patient care area or space. Just a bed and a bathroom in the unit.
Any experienced nursing home guys here?



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Old 09-12-2017, 10:42 AM   #2
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The answer is that you have to check what occupancy type the Nursing Home is. If it is an I Occupancy than it's a Article 517 job. If it is an R Occupancy then yes 210.52 applies if they have dwelling units. Congregate residence is typically not a dwelling unit. Assisted living, convalescent homes etc. are usually classified as R-4.

If there is skilled nursing where they give 24 hr care to incapacitated patients it is an I-1 or I-2.

Then there is the 5 persons or fewer exception. Halfway house etc.
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Health Care Facilities. Buildings or portions of buildings
in which medical, dental, psychiatric, nursing, obstetrical,
or surgical care are provided. Health care facilities include,
but are not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, limited
care facilities, clinics, medical and dental offices, and ambulatory
care centers, whether permanent or movable.
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I don't see any reference to 210.52, however, a nursing home does seem to meet the definition of a dwelling unit.



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Dwelling Unit. A single unit, providing complete and independent
living facilities for one or more persons, including
permanent provisions for living, sleeping, cooking, and
sanitation.
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Nursing Home. A building or portion of a building used on a
24-hour basis for the housing and nursing care of four or more
persons who, because of mental or physical incapacity, might
be unable to provide for their own needs and safety without
the assistance of another person.
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I don't see any reference to 210.52, however, a nursing home does seem to meet the definition of a dwelling unit.


There are no permanent provisions for cooking in the resident units Dennis.


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Does the building have a kitchen? Imo that would qualify as a dwelling. The kitchen doesn't need to be in every suite or room.
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Does the building have a kitchen? Imo that would qualify as a dwelling. The kitchen doesn't need to be in every suite or room.
I've always interpreted it to mean cooking facilities for each occupant, like an apartment.

I.E. A hotel room does not need to meet the requirements of 210.52, but a hotel suite with a kitchenette does.

This link is about AFCI but it is relative-http://www.ecmweb.com/qampa/code-qa-...on-hotel-rooms
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Good point, but the nursing home does fit the dwelling definition....

It also seems that these two sections send us to chapters 1-4.. Obviously, I am not certain about this at all. If guest rooms and hotels can have outlets where needed then it would seem the nursing home sleeping areas could also follow suit. Then you get into afci issue etc.


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517.10 Applicability.
(A) Applicability. Part II shall apply to patient care space
of all health care facilities.
(B) Not Covered. Part II shall not apply to the following:
(1) Business offices, corridors, waiting rooms, and the like
in clinics, medical and dental offices, and outpatient
facilities
(2) Areas of nursing homes and limited care facilities
wired in accordance with Chapters 1 through 4 of this
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517.12 Wiring Methods. Except as modified in this article,
wiring methods shall comply with the applicable provisions
of Chapters 1 through 4 of this Code.
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If it's a congregate residence like many nursing homes, with a community dining area it's an R-4. Not a dwelling.

You can use Romex but 210.60 would be applicable for receptacle placement.

The key is if the occupants require 24 hour care and if they are capable of self-preservation.

The confusion comes from the term Nursing Home. By ICC a nursing home is an I-2 occupancy but in real life although it may be called a Nursing Home it is really a Convalescent Home and is an R-4 occ.
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It's a poorly written article 517 is. It's way to vague. The definitions are vague, it basically left up in the air for someone to interpret.
Asked my inspector and he couldn't even answer the question. He was going to get back to me but never did, I'm sure he is going to take it to someone else.


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