Nursing homes are meant to provide the elderly with residential accommodations that allow them to feel comfortable and cared for. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. As many as 5 million elders experience nursing home abuse every year. For such reasons, it is important for nursing home residents to know their legal rights.
Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident
Nursing home residents have certain rights and protections under the law. According to the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law, nursing homes must “promote and protect the rights of each resident”. These federal requirements must be met. If a nursing home fails to follow these legal requirements, a legal claim can be filed.
Nursing homes must provide all new residents a copy of the rights listed below:
- You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect
- You have the right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home
- You have the right to manage your own money
- You have the right to privacy and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others
- You have the right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see your own doctor—you also have the right to deny medications and treatments
- You have the right to choose your schedule—including sleeping hours and activities
- You have the right to have an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible
Resident’s Rights Guarantee Quality of Life
The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires each nursing home to care for its residents and enhance the quality of life of each resident by ensuring dignity, choice, and self-determination. Nursing homes are also required to provide services and activities to maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychological well-being of each resident.
If you or your loved one’s rights are being denied at a nursing home, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact our nursing home abuse attorneys today for a free consultation: (888) 498-3023!