According to Title 22, §87101(n)(2), a non-ambulatory person "means a person who is unable to leave a building unassisted under emergency conditions. It includes, but is not limited to, those persons who depend upon mechanical aids such as crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. It also includes persons who are unable, or likely to be unable, to respond physically or mentally to an oral instruction relating to fire danger and, unassisted, take appropriate action relating to such danger."
Residents with dementia, and bedridden residents are considered non-ambulatory. A facility's license reflects the number of ambulatory and non-ambulatory residents a facility may serve at any one time. Additionally, some facility rooms may not be cleared to house non-ambulatory residents per the Fire Marshal.