10 Rights of Nursing Home Residents
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 31, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse
Under the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) of 1987, nursing homes participating in Medicare or Medicaid have a duty to provide high-quality care and protect the individual dignity of every resident.
The NHRA says that facilities must provide activities and services that help residents reach or maintain their highest physical, mental and psychosocial well-being, according to their individual care plans. In other words, residents' overall well-being should not decline due to the care they are receiving.
That is why the NHRA protects a wide variety of rights for nursing home residents, some of which include:
- The right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be free from mental, verbal and physical abuse.
- The right to be informed in writing about a nursing home's fees and services prior to moving into the facility.
- The right to manage your own funds or choose a trusted individual to manage your money.
- The right to privacy, including the right to use personal belongings, if the use does not infringe on the rights, safety or health of anyone else.
- The right to see your own doctors, be informed about medical conditions and medications, and refuse treatments and medications.
- The right to have a say in your daily schedule, activities and personal preferences that are important to you.
- The right to live in a comfortable, home-like environment.
- The right to the assistance you need to live as independently as you can.
- The right to refuse visitors.
- The right to have private and unrestricted communication with anyone you wish.
If your loved one's rights have been violated by nursing home staff members, he or she may be entitled to compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages.
The nursing home negligence lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi will review your claim in a free consultation and inform you of your legal options. If you have a legitimate claim, we will aggressively pursue all of the compensation you deserve.