March 2018 – Nursing Home Resident Rights

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It is important for nursing home residents and their loved ones to be aware of their rights and protections under the law.  Every nursing home facility must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

These resident rights include, but are not limited to:

If you’re interested in learning more about your or a family member’s rights as a nursing home resident, feel free to read this information provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Rights as a Nursing Home Resident.  You may also want to check out the following publications: Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Care.

To find out more information regarding a specific nursing home facility, you can look them up through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare site.  For an explanation of their rating system, visit their Five-Star Quality webpage.  We recommend that anytime a loved one is being considered for placement in a nursing home facility that the above links are consulted.  If a facility you are considering has a 1 Star review, consider your alternatives.

New York State nursing home residents are also able to look up facilities through the New York State Health Department’s Nursing Home Profiles.