Nursing Home Resident Rights
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Nov 03, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse
When an elderly person is admitted to a nursing home, most families want reassurance that their loved one is provided excellent care and a safe environment.
Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are often silent victims of various types of neglect and abuse. It is not uncommon for elderly patients to experience emotional, sexual or physical abuse while being provided minimal to no assistance from their caretakers.
Elderly residents rely on others for their daily care, and due to their physical limitations, they may be more likely to be subjected to the devastating effects of abuse by a nursing home employee. This can lead to illness, a decline in the quality of life and even death.
In 1987, the federal government issued the Nursing Home Reform Law that requires all assisted living facilities to care for their residents in a way that fosters quality of life, dignity and self-determination.
New nursing home residents must be given a copy of these rights prior to admission. These rights include:
- The right to respect, dignity and freedom.
- The right to engage in your own care, such as choosing a doctor, being informed of a medical condition, medications and treatments.
- The right to complain to nursing home staff without fear of retaliation.
- The right to manage your own money or designate someone to handle your finances.
- The right to be notified in writing of fees and service prior to entering a nursing home.
- The right to visit family, friends and other residents.
- The right of privacy regarding financial, personal or medical affairs.
If you believe your loved one has experienced abuse or if his or her rights were violated while in a nursing home, contact the elder abuse attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm. We provide a free consultation and will determine if your loved one has a case that entitles compensation. Our attorneys will fight to ensure your loved one receives the justice he or she deserves.