Many elderly people are reluctant to enter nursing homes because they feel as if the rates are going to be violated once they are inside the nursing home. luckily, in 1987 Congress passed a law that outlines the rights of residents to enter nursing home and assisted living facilities. Here’s a look at some of the rights that are outlined for those that are entering a nursing home or assisted living facility according to The Nursing Home Reform Act that was passed by Congress.
Residents have the right to not be physically or medically restrained through the use of a number of medical devices. This means nursing homes and assisted-living facilities may not be able to use antipsychotic drugs or sedatives unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. The use of restraints is also prohibited under this part of the law.
The resident of a nursing home also has the right to know who was responsible for their medical care while they are in the nursing home. The resident has the right to know the name, medical specialty and contact information for the physician that will be caring for them. The resident also has the right to have regular health care planning meetings with the nursing home and physician.
Should the healthcare of the residence that is in the nursing home be changed the resident must be informed in writing by the physician of the changes to their medical treatment. Also an attorney or immediate family member must be notified of the changes in treatment and why the changes are ordered.