WHAT RIGHTS DO RESIDENTS HAVE?
Observance of and adherence to the Bill of Residents' Rights are the guiding forces in the daily operations of today's long term care facilities. The statement of patient's rights is a lengthy document designed to promote and protect the rights of individuals in a facility. These are just a few of the many areas addressed by the statement of rights.
Residents have the right to:
- participate to the fullest extent possible in their own care plans;
manage their own finances or to have the responsibility given to a designated guardian (i.e. family or friend);
privacy, both in their rooms and during visits from family/friends;
safe, clean living conditions;
participate in activities both in and out of the facility;
retain and exercise all constitutional, civil and legal rights to which the patient is entitled by law;
maintain religious practices; and
prepare advance directives for health care.
Upon admission, long-term care providers are required to give residents and/or their guardians a copy of the statement of patient rights. In addition, facilities must give a copy to the resident's next of kin, all facility staff and must post these rights prominently in a public place within the facility.
Check here for a complete list of nursing facility resident rights.