You’ve recently had to move into a nursing home. What are your rights? And how will knowing you rights help you if needed in the future?
These ideas should help you with any law questions you may have:
- You should have received a paper reviewing your rights upon arrival at the nursing home. These rights should be understandable; if they’re not, ask questions. You should also have received a list of rules and regulations regarding the facility.
- You must know the fees to be charged before you enter the nursing home and you must be informed of any changes.
- You have the right to be treated without discrimination, with respect, and with freedom from abuse and neglect.
- You have the right to refuse restraint unless you are harming yourself or someone else. Restraints cannot be used for punishment or to ease the workload of the nursing home staff.
- You have the right to take care of your own money and can ask the nursing home facility to help manage your feels or you can take complete care of your money through a bank account.
- You have the right to privacy and can keep your personal belongings with you. You can use the telephone privately and are protected from theft.
- You have the right to medical care including seeing your personal doctor, refusing medications, accessing your medical records, and more.
- You have the right to have visitors for as long as you’d like them.
Any additional rights as a nursing home resident can be found by searching the Internet under “Nursing Home Rights.” Make sure you know your rights as a nursing home resident.