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Rights Of Residents

Rights of Residents

Definition

An array of statutory rights given by federal and state "residents rights" legislation to nursing home residents. The minimum resident rights specified by federal law include the following.

  • Be treated with respect
  • Participate in activities
  • Be free from discrimination
  • Be free from abuse and neglect
  • Be free from restraints
  • Make complaints
  • Get proper medical care
  • Have your representative notified
  • Get information on services and fees
  • Manage your money
  • Get proper privacy, property, and living arrangements
  • Spend time with visitors
  • Get social services
  • Leave the nursing home
  • Have protection against unfair transfer or discharge
  • Form or participate in resident groups
  • Have your family and friends involved

These statutes may provide statutory penalties for violations. Some of the broader long-term care (LTC) facility liability policies available in today's market include a specific grant of coverage for violations of a "rights of residents" law, without which coverage may be in doubt.

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