Review the nursing home resident’s bill of rights.

by Joy Loverde

Under federal law, all nursing homes must have a written description of the rights of the residents. A copy of the Bill of Rights must be made available to any resident and family member who requests it.

Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights

  • be informed of your rights
  • be informed, in writing, of the nursing home’s policies
  • be informed of the nursing home’s services and charges
  • be informed of charges not covered by Medicare or Medicaid
  • be informed about your medical condition unless restricted by doctor’s written orders
  • participate in the planning of your care, including refusal of treatment
  • choose your own physician
  • manage your personal finances, or authorize someone else to manage them for you
  • privacy, dignity, and respect
  • wear your own clothing
  • use your own possessions while not infringing upon the rights and safety of others
  • be free from mental and physical abuse
  • be free from chemical and physical restraints unless authorized in writing by a physician
  • voice opinions and grievances without fear of coercion and retaliation from others
  • be discharged or transferred only for medical reasons
  • appeal a discharge or transfer
  • be accessible to visitors or to refuse visitors
  • immediate access by family members
  • receive visitors during at least eight hours of a given day
  • privacy and confidentiality for meetings or conversations with visitors
  • receive assistance from an advocate in asserting their rights and benefits

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  2. Thanks for posting this list for families and residents of nursing homes. It's helpful for those dealing with elder care issues to have this kind of information available.