7. a. An adult family care home shall be regulated as a residential home and shall meet all State and local building, sanitation, utility and fire code requirements applicable to single family dwellings; provided however, that the commissioner may require compliance with fire code requirements applicable to boarding houses and residential health care facilities if so warranted by the capabilities of the residents.
b.The department shall be responsible for inspecting the physical plant of each adult family care home initially and on an annual basis. In addition to any licensing fee required under this act, the department may charge an annual, non-refundable fee for inspection of any adult family care home, as shall be established from time to time by regulation of the commissioner.
c.The department's staff shall be permitted access to enter and inspect an adult family care home at any time. The department's staff shall be permitted access to the clients of the adult family care home in order to interview them privately and to inspect client records.
d.The department shall be responsible for providing to the adult family care caregiver a report of the most recent inspection of the home, written in clear, concise language readily comprehensible to the average person.
e.The adult family care caregiver shall post the inspection report in the entry to, or other equally prominent location in, the home and shall, upon request, provide a copy of the report to each client of, or person applying for admission to, the home, or the legal representative, guardian or conservator of the client or prospective client.
f.The Office of The Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly shall have jurisdiction to take all actions authorized pursuant to P.L.1977, c.239 (C.52:27G-1 et seq.) with respect to adult family care homes.