Nursing Home Residents Rights Summary
Nursing home residents have a right to:
- A safe clean living environment.
- Be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional
abuse. To be treated with courtesy and respect
in full recognition of dignity and individuality.
- Adequate and appropriate medical treatment,
nursing care, and other services that compromise
necessary and appropriate care consistent with
the program for which the resident contracted and
without the regard to source of payment.
- Have all reasonable requests and inquiries responded
- Have clothes and bedsheets changed as need
arises to insure comfort and sanitation.
- Obtain name and specialty of any physician or
other person responsible for coordinating care.
- Select staff physician of choice or to obtain own
physician from outside the home.
- Participate in decisions that affect the residentís
life including the right to communicate with a
physician and employees of the home, obtain current
information on status and participate in planning
of care. To have access to medical records.
To give or withhold informed consent for treatment.
- Withhold payment to physician if physician did not
- Confidential treatment of personal and medical
- Privacy during medical examinations and personal
- Refuse to serve as a medical research subject.
- Be free from chemical and physical restraint except
under close supervision and orders of a
- Obtain pharmacist of choice and pay fair market
price for drugs.
- Exercise all civil rights unless adjudicated incompetent.
- Access to opportunities that enable residents to
achieve their fullest potential.
- Consume alcoholic beverages unless medically or
- Use tobacco unless medically or policy contraindicated.
- Retire and rise on own schedule per request as
long as this does not disturb other residents.
- Observe religious obligations and to maintain individual
and cultural identity. To participate in social
and community groups.
- Privacy in communication, in receiving and sending
mail, access to telephone for private conversations,
and private visits.
- Privacy for visit by spouse or share room if both
are residents of same home.
- Have room doors closed and to not have them
opened without knocking.
- Retain and use personal clothing and a reasonable
amount of possessions in a reasonably secure
- Be informed of basic charge, services offered and
additional charges related to these services. Right
to a 30-day notice of rate change.
- Receipt of a bill at least monthly by the resident or
person paying the bill.
- Be free from financial exploitation and to manage
their personal financial affairs or the right to an accounting,
at least quarterly, upon written request if
the home accepts written delegation.
- Unrestricted access to property on deposit during
- Reasonable notice before room or roommate is
changed with an explanation of reason.
- Not to be transferred or discharged from the home
except for medical reasons, own welfare or another
residentís welfare, non-payment of bill or
closure of home.
- Voice grievances and recommend changes in policies
and services free from restraint, interference,
coercion, discrimination, or reprisal. This includes
access to Residentís Rights Advocates.
- Have any significant change in health status reported
to their sponsor.