Yes, ours is free standing in that it is physically separate from the theater. Our sister hospitals do their GI lists in the theater complex itself, so any post-procedure monitoring can be done in recovery room.
Way back when, GI lists were done only using valium, with a dash of pethidine for a colonoscopy. Now that heavier sedation is the norm, a properly designated recovery area is definitely called for, but how this is going to be addressed in our case, when none of the decision makers have any real clue of health care, and particularly the effects of sedation and anaesthesia, I have no idea. I'm afraid a safe environment for our patients is likely to remain indefinitely on our wish list.
In your situation, I would recommend an LPN to assist you, but I wish you luck in getting one assigned. Usually such situations are only addressed when something actually happens to a patient