Whether you live in a nursing home or you have a loved one residing in one of these facilities, it is paramount to have a clear understanding of the rights of residents. Unfortunately, some nursing home residents experience neglect and the consequences of nursing home negligence can lead to emotional distress, injuries and even death.
If you believe that a nursing home has failed to provide you or a loved one with the level of care that every resident deserves, do not hesitate to explore your options and hold negligent parties accountable.
Nursing home resident rights and federal law
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nursing home residents have various rights under federal law. For example, it is against the law for nursing homes to neglect or abuse patients. Nursing homes cannot restrain patients physically or by using drugs as a form of discipline.
Other rights that nursing home residents have
Nursing home residents have various rights related to medical care, such as making decisions regarding their health, and they can also have private visits with friends or family members. Sometimes, those who want to live in a particular nursing home experience discrimination, which is against the law.
Nursing home negligence takes many forms and some victims do not address mistreatment, whether they worry about retaliation, do not understand their rights or do not take action for another reason. Not only do victims of nursing home negligence deserve justice, but facilities and nursing home workers who fail to respect the rights of residents must answer for mistreatment.