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Nursing Home Reform Act’s Bill of Rights Gives Nursing Home Residents Important Rights

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Sad woman in wheelchair in nursing homeThe Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 establishes certain requirements nursing homes must follow to ensure nursing home residents receive quality care. Violations of these rules could be evidence of nursing home abuse and neglect. The Nursing Home Reform Act also gives nursing home patients certain rights, which are also designed to guarantee that they receive the proper care that meets their individual needs. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you want to understand what their rights are so you can advocate for them if the nursing home is failing to fulfill its obligations.

What Is the Residents’ Bill of Rights?

The Nursing Home Reform Act requires nursing homes to provide a certain level of services and sets the standards for the quality of the services given. A facility must follow these rules if it wants to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. The Act also provides nursing home residents with a bill of rights to be certain they receive proper treatment and to protect their privacy, individuality, and dignity. Violation of these rules violates federal law and could be the basis of a claim for nursing home abuse and neglect. These rights include the following:

  • To be free of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect
  • To not be placed in physical restraints
  • To privacy
  • To have their medical, physical, social, and psychological needs be accommodated
  • To be a part of family and resident groups
  • To be treated with dignity by nursing home staff
  • To use self-determination
  • To communicate freely with nursing home staff, family, and other people outside the nursing home
  • To participate in the review of their treatment plan and to be informed in advance of any changes in their care or treatment or the status of the nursing home
  • To voice grievances without the fear of retaliation

Are your loved one's rights being violated? If so, I am here to help you enforce his rights to quality care, to be treated with dignity, and to obtain the compensation he deserves. Call me at 888.716.8021 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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