Senior Impact

Nursing Home Residents Rights Summary


Nursing home residents have a right to:

  1. A safe clean living environment.

  2. Be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse. To be treated with courtesy and respect in full recognition of dignity and individuality.

  3. 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.

  4. Have all reasonable requests and inquiries responded to promptly.

  5. Have clothes and bedsheets changed as need arises to insure comfort and sanitation.

  6. Obtain name and specialty of any physician or other person responsible for coordinating care.

  7. Select staff physician of choice or to obtain own physician from outside the home.

  8. 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.

  9. Withhold payment to physician if physician did not visit.

  10. Confidential treatment of personal and medical records.

  11. Privacy during medical examinations and personal care.

  12. Refuse to serve as a medical research subject.

  13. Be free from chemical and physical restraint except under close supervision and orders of a physician.

  14. Obtain pharmacist of choice and pay fair market price for drugs.

  15. Exercise all civil rights unless adjudicated incompetent.

  16. Access to opportunities that enable residents to achieve their fullest potential.

  17. Consume alcoholic beverages unless medically or policy contraindicated.

  18. Use tobacco unless medically or policy contraindicated. contraindicated.

  19. Retire and rise on own schedule per request as long as this does not disturb other residents.

  20. Observe religious obligations and to maintain individual and cultural identity. To participate in social and community groups.

  21. Privacy in communication, in receiving and sending mail, access to telephone for private conversations, and private visits.

  22. Privacy for visit by spouse or share room if both are residents of same home.

  23. Have room doors closed and to not have them opened without knocking.

  24. Retain and use personal clothing and a reasonable amount of possessions in a reasonably secure manner.

  25. Be informed of basic charge, services offered and additional charges related to these services. Right to a 30-day notice of rate change.

  26. Receipt of a bill at least monthly by the resident or person paying the bill.

  27. 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.

  28. Unrestricted access to property on deposit during reasonable hours.

  29. Reasonable notice before room or roommate is changed with an explanation of reason.

  30. 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.

  31. Voice grievances and recommend changes in policies and services free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal. This includes access to Residentís Rights Advocates.

  32. Have any significant change in health status reported to their sponsor.