Nursing home residents are afforded certain rights and protections by the federal government. By law, nursing homes must provide all residents with a copy of these rights.
Every nursing home resident has the following rights:
- To be fully informed of all services available at the nursing home and all costs associated with these services.
- To be informed by a doctor of any medical conditions he or she is suffering from. Residents also have the right to participate in the planning of medical treatment.
- To refuse medical treatment if so desired.
- To be transferred or discharged only for medical purposes, to safeguard personal welfare, or for nonpayment of costs associated with care (exceptions apply for Medicaid patients).
- To be able to voice complaints regarding nursing home policies or treatment by staff members, and to be able to recommend changes in policies without the fear of restraint, discrimination, or punishment.
- To manage his or her personal financial matters. If the resident chooses to appoint the nursing home as caretaker of his or her finances, the facility must provide the resident with quarterly accounting records.
- To be free from mental and physical abuse, and to be free from chemical and physical restraints unless authorized in writing by a doctor or when necessary to protect the resident from injuring himself or other residents.
- To have all personal and medical records kept confidential unless the resident approves the release of these records.
- To be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity at all times.
- To have issues of privacy respected at all times.
- To spend time in private with visitors.
- To participate in social, religious, and community activities.
- To have daily visiting hours established.
- To receive a visit by an ombudsman or the resident’s personal doctor at any time (with the resident’s consent).
Protecting Your Loved One’s Rights
If you believe a nursing home has violated the rights of your loved one, or if you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect, the experienced attorneys at James R. Omer & Associates can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have handled many nursing home neglect cases, and we are very familiar with the rights afforded to you by the federal government and the state of Tennessee. We will fight aggressively to ensure that the negligent nursing home is held accountable for its actions.
Please contact our Nashville nursing home neglect lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation.