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It’s never an easy decision to put a loved one in a nursing home or other assisted living facility. You want to make sure your elderly parent, grandparent or other loved one receives the best care possible.
One of the things you can do is to educate yourself on the rights of nursing home residents according to the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. This “ensures that residents of nursing homes receive quality care that will result in their achieving or maintaining their ‘highest practicable’ physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.”
The Nursing Home Reform Act established the following rights for nursing home residents.
The Nursing Home Reform Act also established the following services for residents:
Your loved one has the right to be fully informed of things such as the available services, facility rules and regulations and state survey reports.
He or she has the right to present any grievances or complaints to the staff (or ombudsman program, etc.) without fear of reprisal and with the expectation of these complaints being resolved.
He or she has the right to participate in his or her own care, which means the acceptance or refusal of medications and medical treatments, reviewing his or her own medical records and being informed of changes in medical condition.
He or she has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, to the security of their possessions and to not suffer from any mental or physical abuse, involuntary isolation or restraints.
He or she has the right to have visits from personal physicians, friends and relatives, state survey agency or ombudsman program representatives — anyone of their choosing.
Knowing these standards can help you make decisions about which nursing home or assisted living facility may be best for your loved one.
Of course, you always want to be watchful for any signs of neglect. You might find the following blog posts helpful.
If you do see signs of nursing home neglect or improper care, contact a personal injury attorney where you can learn more about your options.
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