The Interior of the Home


The interior of a recovery home should ensure the following…

  • All furniture should be in good condition, clean and used for intended purposes, and are typical for a residential home.

  • The flooring should be free from trip hazards, stains, and excessive wear.

  • Extension cords and power strips should not be overloaded and are used appropriately (IE: no excess cords or wires hanging from walls or ceilings).

  • Walls are free from holes and stains and paint is well-maintained.

  • Ceilings are not leaking and do not have water damage.

  • Appropriate window coverings.

  • Electrical outlets, light switches, and light fixtures have appropriate covers.

  • Overall, the house is clean, free from excessive dirt, dust, and/or clutter.

  • Resident medications are stored appropriately according to the home’s policy, there should be no medications in plain sight.

  • Level III homes have appropriate exit signs posted.

  • Homes with children have dangerous items such as cleaning supplies, medications and other items stored away from children.

  • The home is free from visible signs of pests, such as mice, rats, bedbugs, etc.

  • The home should be free from any signs of use of illicit substances or alcohol, including no illicit substances, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia in the home. And of course, no residents should be under the influence.

  • The recovery home should be able to explain a resident’s behavior in the home, such as why a resident is sleeping during the day or why there appears to be a clear violation of house policy.