Friday, November 18, 2011

Residents Rights in Nursing Homes

Federal Regulations (42CFR§483.10) require that in a nursing home setting: "The resident has a right to a dignified existence (see also §483.15(a) Dignity) self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the facility. A facility must protect and promote the rights of each resident, including each of the following rights" 42CFR§483.10
Residents Rights are not only good medicine, they are mandated by Federal; and state laws and make up the Standard of Care in nursing homes.
These rights include the resident’s right to
• Exercise his or her rights (§483.10(a));
• Be informed about what rights and responsibilities he or she has (§483.10(b));
• If he or she wishes, have the facility manage his personal funds (§483.10(c));
• Choose a physician and treatment and participate in decisions and care planning (§483.10(d))
Other rights include:
§483.10(e) Privacy and Confidentiality
§483.10(f) Grievances
§483.10(g) Examination of Survey Results
§483.10(h) Work
§483.10(i) Mail
§483.10(j) Access and Visitation Rights
§483.10(k) Telephone
§483.10(l) Personal Property
§483.10(m) Married Couples
§483.10(n) Self-Administration of Drugs
§483.10(o) Refusal of Certain Transfers

Attorney Hamill has 34 years experience advocating for injured people including those who have suffered from nursing home neglect, abuse or wrongful death. The Hamill firm represents elders victimized by criminal assaults , bed sores, falls from Hoyer lifts, sepsis and malnutrition. For more information contact the Hamill group at (617) 479-4300 or use the firm's website contact form.

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