What are my rights as a nursing home resident?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Elder Law |

When you’re advancing in age to the extent that you start considering your options for care, it is normal to be curious about your rights in the event that you become a nursing home resident. Understanding your rights is the first step to ensuring you receive the quality care and respect you deserve.

The Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees every nursing home resident their rights. The following are some of the rights guaranteed under this law.

Right to a dignified existence

As a nursing home resident, you’re entitled to a dignified stay free from any form of abuse, neglect or exploitation. This includes being treated with respect, regardless of your age, race, religion, gender or disability status. You have the right to live in a safe and clean environment, with access to necessary medical care, assistance with daily activities and nutritious meals.

Right to information

Anything concerning your stay at the nursing home, including your medical condition, treatment plan and any changes to your care, should be communicated to you clearly and understandably. You have the right to be fully informed about your health status, medications and any proposed medical procedures or treatments. This information should be provided in a language or format that you can comprehend, and you have the right to ask questions and seek clarification about any aspect of your care.

Right to privacy and confidentiality

Your personal and medical information should be kept confidential, and you have the right to privacy in your interactions with staff, other residents and visitors. This includes the right to have private conversations, make phone calls and receive visitors without unnecessary interference or intrusion.

Right to autonomy and self-determination

You have the right to make your own choices and decisions about your daily routine, personal preferences, and medical care to the extent that you are able. This includes the right to participate in the development of your care plan, to refuse treatment or medications and to have your wishes respected regarding end-of-life care.

It is important to seek legal guidance to help fully understand your rights or take appropriate action if you feel your rights as a nursing home resident are being violated. Unfortunately, even though nursing home residents are entitled to certain rights, these rights are violated far too often.


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