Facility Must Inform Residents and Their Legal Representatives of Resident Rights
A skilled nursing facility must inform residents of many rights which are mandated by federal regulation. There is little benefit in having rights if you are unaware of them. Nursing home resident and their family members need to be familiar with the legal rights of the residents, in addition to the policies and procedures, Care Plans and other information necessary to determine if a resident is receiving the highest care practicable. I will be writing blogs on many of the rights of residents and attempt to explain how residents, legal representatives and family member can assert the rights of the residents to promote the quality of care and quality of life for our senior and vulnerable population.
§483.10 Resident rights.
The resident has a right to a dignified existence, 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:
(b) Notice of rights and services. (1) The facility must inform the resident both orally and in writing in a language that the resident understands of his or her rights and all rules and regulations governing resident conduct and responsibilities during the stay in the facility. The facility must also provide the resident with the notice (if any) of the State developed under section 1919(e)(6) of the Act. Such notification must be made prior to or upon admission and during the resident’s stay. Receipt of such information, and any amendments to it, must be acknowledged in writing….
Most forms of abuse and neglect are preventable. If you are concerned about the violation of resident rights or abuse, neglect or other concerns leading to injury contact attorney Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation for information on how to how the nursing home accountable. Mr. LaBore can be reached at 612-743-9048 or by email at: KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com