The Resident’s Bill of Rights

The Nursing Home Reform Act established the following rights for nursing home residents:

  • The right to live in a caring environment free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect
  • The right to live without the fear of enduring physical restraint
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to receive personal care that accommodates physical, medical, emotional and social needs
  • The right to a social contact/interaction with fellow residents and family members
  • The right to be treated with dignity
  • The right to exercise self-determination
  • The right to exercise freedom of speech and communicate freely
  • The right to participate in the creation and review of one’s individualized care plan
  • The right to be fully informed in advance of any changes to care plan or status of the nursing home
  • The right to voice grievances without discrimination or reprisal

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