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Nursing home residents have rights. Federal and state law guarantees certain rights. In 1987, Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act, which requires each state to issue regulations to protect the rights of nursing home residents. All residents are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The nursing home must provide patients with a safe and healthy environment in which to live. Protecting your loved one’s rights begins with understanding just what their rights are.
Rights of Nursing Home Residents Include:
- Right to see visitors (family, friends, etc.)
- Right to request medical records
- Right to be informed of medical treatment and procedures
- Right to refuse medical treatment or procedures
- Right to confidentiality (medical records, financial records, personal information)
- Freedom to choose their own physician
- Freedom from restraints or sedation (unless it is necessary to treat the patient or prevent them from harming themselves)
- Right to privacy
- Right for social, physical and mental activities to keep the patients active and engaged
- Right to ask questions, complain and list grievances
- Right to equal services and treatment regardless of financial situation
- Right not to be transferred or discharged (unless necessary for their health or safety)
- Right to be free from abuse
Nursing homes must adapt their rules and services to a resident’s individual needs and preferences, when it is reasonable to do so. When a resident is admitted to a nursing facility, staff must inform the resident about his or her rights. The facility must provide a written statement of these rights if a resident asks for it. If the nursing home is not respecting or acknowledging the rights of the residents, this may be a case of nursing home abuse.