Monday, October 05, 2015

October is Long-term Care Resident Rights Month

The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires each nursing home to care for its residents in a manner that promotes and enhances the quality of life of each resident, ensuring dignity, choice, and self-determination.

Nursing home and other residential healthcare facility residents are entitled to rights including the right to be informed, the right to complain, the right to participate in their own care and planning, rights of privacy and confidentiality, and rights to dignity, respect, and freedom.

Any one of us could become a resident of a long-term care facility. Wouldn't you want to preserve your self-determination if you needed to live in a nursing home or assisted living home? Making sure residents know their rights and have access to support for exercising them is important to the whole community.

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