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Rights Of Residents

Rights of Residents

Definition

Rights of Residents —

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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