ADA Signage in Assisted Living Facilities & Nursing Homes

Assisted living facilities are home to many people who are dealing with a variety of disabilities, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, and physical & visual impairment.  Because of this, clear ADA signage is an important priority. 

It’s incredibly important for residents to be able to feel secure, oriented, and independent in the places where they live. 

Conditions like Alzheimer’s can lead to confusion related to time and place. In addition to this, many older folks suffer age-related vision impairment.

Lots of people who currently live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes spent a much longer time living in their own home. As a result, a larger building with many rooms and hallways is less familiar to them. This may increase their chances of getting lost or confused.

The purpose of ADA signage in any building is to ensure that people using the building are able to locate their destination in a safe and timely manner.

This is a much more emotional issue in a space where people are living full-time, especially for someone who may already be frightened by their memory loss.

An architectural firm or general contractor tasked with contracting signage for an assisted living facility may not know where to start. What, exactly, constitutes a compliant ADA sign? 

How can signs most benefit residents of the facility?

The very basics of ADA signage requirements is a good place to start. Signs must be made on a matte or non-glare surface. People with vision impairment may not be able to clearly see signs that are very shiny or reflective; a non-glare sign eliminates that issue. 

Text on signs also must be a certain size, a minimum of ⅝” high – ideally, larger if possible.

Pictograms aren’t always required, but they can offer a lot in terms of allowing a sign’s meaning to be quickly understood. Pictograms also must be located in their own 6×6” area on the sign with no other elements in that space. This keeps the design from being busy or distracting from its intended meaning.

Numbering for resident rooms is also important, but since many facilities are fairly large and may contain a lot of resident rooms, these signs ideally should contain more information than just a number. 

Removable insert slots for residents’ names are a helpful addition to room identification signage.

Another option many assisted living facilities and nursing homes are using is a removable insert area on room signs that allows a photograph to be added to the sign. 

It’s also possible to UV print a photograph or image of the resident or family’s choice on the sign itself.

An emotionally significant photo is proven to help residents recognize their room.

The ability for residents to quickly and easily find their way around is not just about convenience for staff– it’s about independence for residents, too.

The ability to find one’s own way from point A to point B without having to ask for help is a confidence booster at a time in one’s life when feelings of helplessness might be overwhelming.

Wayfinding signage is also incredibly important in ADA compliance. In a large, unfamiliar building, it’s always helpful to refer to signage that points you in the right direction.

Color-coding, icons, and pictures allow sign meaning to be easily understood.

If a building contains several wings or areas, it could be helpful for each area to have a designated color.

This means that residents could see at a glance that they are in their own hallway based on colors or icons incorporated into the signs around them.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are a space where comfort, safety, and independence are paramount to residents’ quality of life.

Because each one of these place is filled with someone’s loved ones, ensuring quality of ADA signage is a simple way to make life just a little easier for everyone involved.

Give us a call today for help planning your assisted living facility project! We’ll walk you through the steps and make sure the signs adhere to guidelines, stay consistent with company branding, and make life simple for residents.

Granite Backed ADA Signs

Granite ADA Signs Wholesale

Granite ADA Signs WholesaleGranite ADA Signs are a beautifully elegant way to display required ADA signage. Not only are granite signs a professional approach when used at your your business, but they are durable. Granite resists most abrasion, resists weathering, is easily polished, and can make a simple hallway look beautiful.

While granite is often used for signs outdoors, it is also beautiful inside your business. Homeowners and business owners love granite for it’s glossy finish and nearly invincible properties, so it often makes your customers feel right at home! Granite signs make for a sophisticated, dramatic design, perfect for expressing the importance of your business.

Take a look at our ADA Sign Types to see how you might want to use granite on your ADA Signs! Granite is affordable when you buy from ADA Signs Wholesale!

Call ADA Signs Wholesale today to find out more about custom Granite ADA Signs. 1.440.951.6651

Request a Quote on Granite ADA Signs!

Wholesale ADA Compliant Slider Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Wholesale ADA Compliant Signs

Wholesale ADA Compliant Signs

ADA Slider Signs, Room Identification Signs and Restroom Signs

TRUE Wholesale ADA compliant standoff signs, slider signs, multi-layer signs, room identification signs, braille signs and any other kind of ADA Sign you can imagine. That’s what we have at ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ.
We’re proud to offer a wide variety of custom ADA Signs. Call us today to discuss our ADA sign project. 1-440-951-6651
The ADA signs in this post were created for a an athletic facility in Naples Florida. They wanted signs with a metal look, but didn’t want actual metal. We were able to find the perfect material through Rowmark! ADA Compliant material, contrast, colors and Braille.

They also wanted their ADA signs to show whether or not a room was in use. ADA Compliant slider signs were the perfect solution.

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

Evacuation Signs are often included in the ADA Sign specs given to sign shops or building managers by the architect. Sometimes when the evacuation sign specs are received, the sign shop or the building manager, or whoever else may be in charge isn’t quite sure what to do with those evacuation sign drawings. We can help, and we can include it in the wholesale ADA Sign order!

Naturally, we all realize that the evacuation signs are very important. As of this writing (Thursday May 25th, 2017), ff you visit OSHA’s website you will see their guidelines for evacuation procedures. Additionally, Osha’s website has a page with an example evacuation map. If you would like to see the text from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards that pertains to evacuation,  It is currently available here, and it is in this section: 1910.38(c).

Besides OSHA insisting that you have evacuation routes posted, and an evacuation plan in place, don’t you want visitors and employees to easily and safely leave your building in an emergency? The Evacuation Map is clearly not a sign you can afford to skip. So don’t!

Evacuation Signs by ADA Signs Wholesale

What to do with those Evacuation Route specs often included in your ADA sign specs from your architect?  A few things:

evacuation route sign by ADA Signs Wholesale
Evacuation route signs could save your business from a large number of terrible outcomes, if they are easily visible and properly placed.
Your ADA Signage throughout your business, has a uniform look. People notice the ADA Signage, even if that individual has no obvious need for the ADA features of the sign. ADA Signs stand out and scream, “Look at me! I’m official!” This is the same message your evacuation route signs should send.

In an emergency, the evacuation route signage, the ADA Signage and the Exit signs must be clear.

ADA Signs Wholesale is already covering your ADA Signs, so why not add on your evacuation signs, as well? The only other option is to pay full price for them elsewhere. Skipping the evacuation route signage is never an option.

Wholesale ADA Signs in Custom Colors

ADA Signs Wholesale Does Color Matching

Wholesale ADA Signs

ADA Signs Wholesale  offers all types of ADA Signs in custom colors. Whatever color you need, we can match it.  See a style in this video that you like? Call us and let’s talk about how we can design a similar sign to meet your needs. Don’t see an ADA Sign that  you like in the video? Talk to us anyway, what do you have to lose? Don’t pay full price for your next ADA Sign project. Outsource that sign project to us!

Also, have a look at our YouTube channel to see more ADA Sign styles.

Wholesale ADA Signs Customized for The Gorilla Glue Factory, Offices and Warehouse

ADA Signage for Warehouses

Wholesale ADA Signs Customized for The Gorilla Glue Factory, Offices and Warehouse!

ADA Signage for Warehouses
ADA Signs with Custom Cut Outs for Gorrilla Glue!

Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale are always glad to start a new ADA compliant sign project. We have to admit though, we have a lot of fun when we get to do something a little different from the usual day to day.

We got to do a project that was just a bit different just the other day. Have you ever heard of Gorilla Glue? Sure you have. It’s the glue in the orange bottle that has a Gorilla on it!

You’ve heard of the glue, you’ve used it, you know it’s good stuff and you know it’s made right here in the USA. But, did you know that Gorilla Glue is based in Cincinnati, Ohio? Don’t take my word for it, check out the virtual tour on their website.ADA Custom Signage for Glue Warehouse

“The Toughest Glue on Planet Earth”, that’s what we’ve always experienced, seen and heard, when it comes to Gorilla Glue products. We know their glue is mighty tough, but the folks at Gorilla Glue were certainly a joy to work with! Everyone we met was very professional and more than happy to go the extra mile to be certain to meet all of the ADA requirements for signage at their Cincinnati Headquarters. They follow ADA regulations to the letter, not only because it is required by law but, because they are committed to serving ALL of their customers, vendors, employees, visitors and anyone else that comes to their business.

When the folks at Gorilla Glue said, “We want a glue bottle on our ADA signs, but it’s most important that we are in compliance with the ADA?” we knew we were in good company. And why shouldn’t they have their flagship product on their ADA Signs? Their glue is their business! Their adhesives are on shelves in thousands of stores all over the USA and Canada. Their glue is how they have jobs, and how they were able to hire us. Naturally, we were glad to help them create the right design.

If you’ve got an ADA Sign project and you need custom made ADA compliant signs at wholesale prices, you should call ADA Signs Wholesale at 1-440-951-6651. Whether you need simple ADA signs, unusual ADA signs or signs that seem complicated, we can do it. Request a quote from us.

Custom Wholesale ADA Signs

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs

See us Manufacturing Wholesale ADA Signs!

If you’d like to see how we go about manufacturing ADA Wholesale Signs, check out the Signs PDQ blog post for the story on assembling ADA Signs. Many companies outsource their ADA Sign jobs to us and we’re always grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

If you need Wholesale ADA Signs, give us a call at 1-440-951-6651, or fill in the form. We’ll call you, or email you, if you prefer:

Your Name

Your Email (required)

Your Phone Number

Tell us about your ADA Sign Order:

Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

Gender Neutral Signs and Laws

Gender neutral ADA restroom sign

ADA Signs Wholesale makes a very special point of keeping up with ADA regulations and proposed regulations. Gender Neutral ADA compliant signage is part of our business.

Did you know that March 1st, 2017 is the deadline for compliance with California Assembly Bill 1732. In case you’re not familiar with this bill, you can see the full text, here.

In the meantime, here’s a direct quote from the California bill:

Requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use, beginning March 1, 2017.

Additionally, did you know that several cities and states already have similar bills in place, or are considering adding the laws?

Gender Neutral ADA sign deadline for California
See California State Assembly Bill 1732.

As of this date, Monday February 13, 2017, a search of the web shows us that several states and cities already have legislation in place for adding Gender Neutral Signage to single-user restroom facilities. Since your city or state could be next to enact a law, maybe it’s time to consider getting ahead of the order and getting your gender neutral signage in place, now.

Even if gender neutral single-user facility signage isn’t yet a requirement in your city or state, it’s still helpful to let visitors to your establishment know that the restroom in question is intended for use by all.

Below is a list of the states and cities (that we found) which already have gender neutral ADA sign requirements. If we’ve missed one, please let us know. We want this list to be as accurate as possible.

State of California:
Compliance Deadline: March 17th
link

State of Massachusetts:
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
link

Denver, Colorado:
Compliance Deadline:May 1, 2018
link

New York City, New York
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2017
link

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Compliance Deadline: January 1, 2016
link  

Austin, Texas
Compliance Deadline: Complaint basis only
link

Washington DC
Compliance Deadline: Has passed
link

Seattle, Washington
Compliance Deadline: March 9, 2016.
link

Construction Company ADA Sign Project

Building Directory for Construction Company Sign Project

Apartment Construction ADA Sign Project

When an Apartment building is remodeled, there’s always a need for ADA compliant signage. We recently worked alongside Signs PDQ, our sister company, on the  Waverly Apartments project with Mistick Construction .

Mistick Construction’s revamp of The Waverly Apartments required ADA compliant room signs, wayfinding signs, building directory signs and even an exterior Monument Sign. The goal with any sign project is always to make the client happy. For this project, and this client, that meant:

  • Meeting all ADA requirements, to be sure the building would be in compliance.
  • Creating clear signage that would easily guide all visitors to, and through, the building.
  • Meeting the client’s aesthetic needs. Matching colors and matching materials)
  • Providing the finished product on schedule.
  • Offering the finished signs at a price that worked with the budget.
Adjustable Building Directory Sign
Editable Building Directory Sign by Signs PDQ and ADA Signs Wholesale.

The building directory sign for Waverly Apartments, needed to be informative, clear and attractive, but it also needed to be adjustable and resistant to smudges or damage. Additionally, the construction company wanted to plan ahead for changing room locations at a later time.  This meant they needed a sign that was adjustable, or could be “edited”.
Why would a building directory sign need to be adjustable, or edited? In the photo of the directory sign, S4 is clearly the Media Center. However, S4 may, or may not, always be the Media Center. If the building management someday chooses to move the Media Center, or change it’s name, they can simply order new parts for the affected rooms on the sign. If they didn’t have this type of sign, they would need an entirely new sign, whenever they needed to shift rooms.

Rather than purchasing an entirely new sign, if the Waverly changes their room layout, they will most likely only need to change pieces of the sign. The Waverly Apartments Directory Signs have been created to grow and change with the needs of the business.

If you’d like to see more of the sign types offered by ADA Signs Wholesale, we have quite a few! If you don’t see the sign type you want, by all means, just ask us! We design and manufacture virtually any type of sign you can imagine.

If you’d like to see more photos of the Mistick Construction/Waverly Apartments sign project, take a look on the project page over at Signs PDQ.

Got Questions about ADA Signage? We have answers. Let us give you a quote!

Outsource Your ADA Sign Project

Outsource ADA Signs Project,or go in-house

Outsource your ADA Sign Project

Choosing to outsource the ADA Signs portion of your sign project can be a great idea for quite a number of reasons. We work with numerous sign shops to help them complete their entire sign project, on time and on budget. In fact, we know they deserve to profit from their sign project and we work diligently to make this happen. Let’s take a look and some specifics regarding the most common reasons to outsource your next ADA sign project:

Outsource your ADA Sign Project

Your sign shop doesn’t have the equipment or space to make hundreds of fully compliant ADA signs, but you have recently been asked to bid on a large sign project that includes ADA compliant signage.  

ADA Sign Project Teamwork

What does your sign company do when faced with a large ADA Sign order that you can’t complete alone? The choices are usually:

 #1 outsourcing ada sign projects

Bow out of the bidding process gracefully,

#2 outsource your ADA sign projects. Invest tens of thousands of dollars to buy the equipment, the training and even hire new team members for an ADA Sign job bid that you may, or may not, win.


#3 outsource the ADA portion of your next sign projectContact another company to work with you on the ADA compliant signage portion of your project. (AKA: Outsource your ADA Signs)

We can see concerns with all of the options above:

 #1 outsourcing ada sign projects

Bowing out of the bidding process because of the ADA Signs, or turning down the client, isn’t going to allow your business to grow. If you turn down projects often enough, you may not be invited to bid in the future. 

#2 outsource your ADA sign projects.

 Investing tens of thousands of dollars to buy ADA Sign making equipment that you don’t have room for, may not be ready to buy, aren’t sure how to use and don’t yet have the staff to run? That option isn’t feasible and is probably not good business decision, just yet.

ADA signs wholesale outsourcing
Request a quote from ADA Signs Wholesale.

#3 outsource the ADA portion of your next sign project

Contact another company to work with you on the ADA compliant signage portion of your project? This sounds “ok”, but how does that look to your client? Do you really want the client to know that your company couldn’t complete the ADA compliant sign portion of the job without outside or outsourced help? Are all of your profits going to be gone the second you reach out to another company?

Choosing to outsource your ADA sign project is absolutely not an indication that your company “couldn’t complete the job” Quite the opposite.

Outsourcing your ADA sign project is a clear indication that your sign shop is resourceful and committed to fully serving your client’s needs. Choosing to outsource the ADA portion of your sign project also shows that you are determined to get the entire sign project done correctly, on budget and on time for your client.

Outsourcing an ADA Sign Project is exactly when and why you need ADA Signs Wholesale. We want you to succeed. We want to be your partner on this bid and on future bids. We want you to make a profit so that you will choose us again in the future. If your client has an excellent experience with you, you will need us again!

Let’s clear something up right away, at ADA Signs Wholesale, we understand exactly where you are coming from as a sign shop without all of the pricey ADA sign making equipment, space and training. Once upon a time, a few years ago, we were in the same boat. This is HOW we know exactly what matters to you when it comes to making a decision to outsource your ADA sign project. 

Reach out to us today and let us show you how we can help you grow your sign business and keep your clients happy while taking on the larger jobs and continuing to profit.

[layerslider id=”37″]