Nursing Home Residents Have Rights, Too

When people move into a nursing home, they have to abide by the facility’s rules. However – and this is truly important – nursing home residents have rights that trump those rules. Privileges enjoyed before moving to the home are not lost, preserved in part by the Nursing Home Care Act. There are general rights but also some that apply specifically to nursing home residents.

General Rights

As a nursing home resident, you still enjoy the following rights:

  • Voting, if you are a U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois.
  • Participation in community activities is allowed, as long as it does not interfere with other residents.
  • Attending and participating in the Resident Council of your facility.
  • Meeting with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, social service workers, legal advocates, and others who arrive at the nursing home.
  • Presenting grievances and receiving a timely response.
  • Asserting rights without fear of retaliation from the nursing home.

Your nursing home is in a unique position with its 24/7 connection to you. However, that close relationship does not mean the facility can control you.

Specific Nursing Home Residents Rights

In fact, you are guaranteed some of the following important privileges:

  • A Services Contract. You should receive a complete contract that states the services provided to you and the costs.
  • Privacy. You have the right to keep your communications private from nursing home staff. Also, personnel should knock before entering your room.
  • Medical Benefits. The nursing home should provide information about Medicaid and Medicare benefits that you may apply for.
  • Participation in Your Care. You have the right to assist with and view any written care plans. In addition, you may choose your own health care providers.
  • Remaining at the Facility. You have the right to continue living at the facility except in certain circumstances. For example, if your bill is not paid, you may be told to leave. However, if you are in the hospital for more than 10 days, your home may be required to let you return.
  • Safety and Good Care. Your facility is not allowed to abuse or neglect you. In fact, the nursing home is required to provide services that assist with your physical and mental health.

An Important Right to Remember

Nursing home residents and their families have another right – the right to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured, abused, neglected, or been denied your basic rights, contact an attorney.

Talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Illinois lawyer for an honest assessment of your case. Your case will receive the personal attention it deserves. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.

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