The Nursing Home Bill of Rights was established to protect the dignity and freedoms of all nursing home residents. According to the bill, you’re entitled to a high standard of care. This means you have the right to be free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect.
You can expect to live in a clean, safe environment where your physical and emotional needs are met. You should receive appropriate medical care, including medications and treatments your medical care team prescribes.
Right to privacy and freedom
You have the right to privacy and personal freedom when residing in a nursing home. Your personal and clinical records should remain confidential and accessible only to those directly involved in your care.
You are free to communicate freely with anyone you choose, including family, friends or healthcare providers. Additionally, you must be able to participate in social, religious and community activities that don’t interfere with the rights of other residents.
Right to choose your care
Another essential part of the Bill of Rights is your ability to choose your care. This includes the right to select a physician, be fully informed about your treatment options, and refuse medication or treatment. You also have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, to be free from physical or chemical restraints unless medically necessary and to accommodate your needs to the best of the facility’s ability.
Without proper notice and justification, you can’t be transferred or discharged from the nursing home. There should be a legal reason for any changes to your living situation. You have the right to appeal decisions that you believe are unjust.
Violations of your rights are taken seriously, so you can file complaints when this happens. Having someone on your side who understands this, especially when the violations encroach on negligence or abuse, can make the process a bit easier.