Actual nursing home policies vary but must include certain protections for residents. Residents have the right to decide their daily schedules and activities. A nursing home must allow residents access to medical care, private visits and conversations, and necessary social services.Continue Reading
By law, a nursing home must explain the rights and responsibilities of residents prior to admission, and the resident must acknowledge consent in writing. Policies must protect the individual rights of each resident as long as those rights do not interfere with the rights, health or safety of others. A nursing home must not discriminate in the way it provides services. Residents must not be abused or mistreated and must have the ability to make complaints regarding their care without fear of punishment. A nursing home cannot misappropriate the money or property of the residents.
A nursing home must keep residents informed about their health care in language they can understand. Residents must have access to all information regarding their care and must be allowed to participate in decision making regarding treatment, medications or other issues affecting care. Nursing homes must not use restraints as a form of discipline or for staff convenience. A resident who has Medicare or Medicaid has other specific rights as well, and examples of these are available at Medicare.gov.Learn more about Older Adults