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Residents’ Rights

Right to Dignity, Respect, and Freedom

As the resident of a nursing home, one has the right to be treated with consideration, respect, dignity, and to be free from abuse and neglect.

Right to Be Fully Informed

Residents should be fully informed of service charges, facility rules, and regulations, including a written copy of residents’ rights, in the resident’s preferred language. Any changes made by the nursing home, whether it be a room change or a plan of correction, should be reported to the resident.

Right to Complain

All residents have the right to present complaints to staff, ombudsman, and a state or certified agency without punishment (prompt efforts should be made to resolve those grievances).

Right to Participate in One’s Own Care

Residents have the right to review, plan, and refuse their own medical treatment and are entitled to: adequate and appropriate care; information regarding any changes in their medical condition(s); the opportunity to participate in their own assessment and discharge; and free treatment for services covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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Right to Privacy and Confidentiality

Skilled nursing facility residents are ensured privacy and confidentiality regarding any medical, personal, or financial affairs, and can choose to discuss private matters with any person of their choice.

Rights During Transfers and Discharge

A resident must receive a 30-day notice of transfer or discharge. The resident has the right to remain in the nursing facility unless a transfer or discharge is: necessary to meet the resident’s welfare; appropriate because the resident’s health has improved and she/he no longer requires nursing home care; needed to protect the health and safety of other residents or staff; required because the resident has failed, after reasonable notice, to pay the facility charge for an item or service provided at the resident’s request.

Rights to Visits

All visitors must be permitted to see the resident. However, the resident also has the right to refuse visitation. Permitted visitors include a resident’s personal physician and representatives from the state survey agency and ombudsman programs; relatives, friends, and others of the residents’ choosing; organizations or individuals providing health, social, legal, or other services.

Right to Make Independent Choices

Residents have the right to: make personal decisions, reasonable accommodations of one’s needs and preferences, participate in community activities, and manage one’s own financial affairs.

For more information about residents’ rights, advocates, public policy, and more talk to your Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer or visit the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

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