Do you have any resources for Rating Residents Evacuation Capabilities for Assisted Living?

by Rhonda Hafield
(Cortez, CO)

Do you have any resources for Rating Residents Evacuation Capabilities for Assisted Living?

Emergency Planning Resources for Assisted Living Residences

This information is from the website of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. CDPHE

Rating Residents Evacuation Capabilities

As part of the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), residents need to be rated on evacuation capabilities. CDPHE/HFEMSD Life Safety Code surveyors look to see if a facility has completed an evacuation worksheet on each resident, that helps facilities determine evacuation capability and risk factors for each resident. Surveyors look for this information even if local fire authorities have recommended that some facilities not attempt evacuation.

Ratings need to be current. If a resident’s condition changes, he/she should be re-evaluated promptly. The tools provided herein should make it easier to keep current ratings in the EOP.

The instructions and worksheet are from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2004 Edition. NFPA codes, standards, recommended practices, and guides, of which the two documents herein are included, are developed through a consensus standards development process approved by the American National Standards Institute. CDPHE/HFEMSD produced this video in 2004 to help show facilities how to rate their residents.


1. Make sure your computer has speakers to hear the video. (This video also was distributed to all Assisted Living Residences in 2004 in VHS format.)

2. Read the NFPA Instructions for Rating Residents below.

3. Print the Worksheet below, and make one copy for each resident you will be rating.

4. Watch the video.

5. Rate your residents and keep copies of the worksheets with your EOP, and with residents’ Care Plan information and Facesheets.

6. Don’t forget to re-evaluate your residents as their conditions change.

Link to Instructions Here

Link to Worksheet Here

Link to Streaming Video Here

Link to Download Video Here

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