March 2018 – Nursing Home Resident Rights
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:
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- The right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
- The right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
- The right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights, health or safety of others.
- The right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.
- The right to have a choice over your schedule (for example, when you get up and go to sleep), your activities and other preferences that are important to you.
- The right to an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible.
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.