Understanding Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Nursing home residents are protected by both state and federal law. When someone becomes a resident of a nursing home, the facility must provide them with a copy of these nursing home residents’ rights. In many instances, copies can also be obtained by family members who request them.
The Rights You Need To Be Aware Of
According to medicare.gov, a nursing home resident’s rights should include:
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect
- The right to be informed in writing of services and fees
- The right to manage one’s own money or to choose the party who manages it
- The right to be informed of and decline medical treatments and medications
- The right to be informed of medical conditions and to choose one’s own doctor
These are universal rights that should be afforded to all nursing home residents. In addition, nursing home residents should rightfully expect to:
- Not be abused
- Not be neglected
- Not be marginalized
- Not be threatened
While the guarantee of these rights should go without saying, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that millions of seniors have had these rights denied and face the threat of nursing home abuse and neglect on a daily basis.
We’re Here To Protect Your Nursing Home Rights
The best way to protect your loved one against nursing home abuse and neglect is to take your time in choosing a nursing home that you feel confident can meet their needs and will ensure their rights are not violated. However, turnover at nursing homes can be high, changing the level of care your loved one receives over time. This makes knowing the signs of nursing home abuse absolutely essential for protecting your loved one’s safety. Knowing what to do if your suspect nursing home abuse becomes important as well, as swift action is often the only way to prevent serious or fatal injury once mistreatment has started.
The attorneys at The Hornbuckle Firm have been helping protect and restore the rights of nursing home abuse victims for years. In 1989, our firm secured the first ever large verdict against a nursing home, and we have worked on numerous high profile nursing home abuse and neglect cases since that time. We are committed to protecting the rights of nursing home residents, and we will fight aggressively to ensure your loved one receives justice when those rights are violated. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we are prepared to investigate your case, hold all accountable parties liable, and help your loved one receive the care he or she deserves.
For more information on nursing home residents’ rights or to discuss a potential violation, please call (425) 679-0742 or contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule a free consultation. The firm has litigated cases in Washington, Tennessee, and Texas. We accept cases from all states throughout the country.
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