What rights do individuals have in nursing homes?

Nursing homes may be a good place for some older people to live. If they are unable to live by themselves or are simply lonely living alone, they can look into nursing homes that provide multiple services. These services can focus on their health and encourage them to work on living a healthy lifestyle. They may need medical care that can be provided in these homes. Although families work hard to take care of elders, it can be tough to do this on a daily basis. That is why nursing homes are a good choice for some elderly individuals. To make sure residents of nursing homes are protected, there are laws in place to grant them rights. The Nursing Home Reform Act was passed by the federal government to make guidelines that each nursing home facility should follow to be able to house and care for elderly. This act was passed to protect the quality of life for elders that enter into the care of a nursing home’s staff. Certain procedures are outlined to ensure that elders are treated properly and with the respect they deserve. Individuals in nursing homes have rights that cannot be impeded upon. These facilities have to uphold the law by ensuring a safe environment for these residents.

What services are provided in a nursing home?

There are services provided in nursing homes that the residents can take advantage of to live a healthy and comfortable lifestyle. Through these services, residents can be checked out by medical personnel, get the proper medication daily and keep busy.  The Nursing Home Reform Act enforces a uniform code throughout all nursing homes. These residences have services to monitor the health of patients and to provide individual care based on a person’s specific well-being. Services can include periodic assessments for each client, a care plan, nursing, dietary, social, pharmaceutical and rehabilitation services. When individuals enter a nursing home as a place of residence, individuals should be given an explanation of what to expect while they are living there. They should be informed of their rights before they begin their habitation in this new environment. Services and fees should be in writing. Although these residents are now living in a nursing home, they still have a right to their own privacy. This includes keeping their own personal belongings, being informed of any conditions they may have and being able to deny any treatment.

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