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Resident Rights

Nursing home residents have patient rights and certain protections under the law. The nursing home must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

Resident rights usually include:

  • Respect: You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
     
  • Services and Fees: You must be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
     
  • Money: You have the right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
     
  • Privacy: You have the right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
     
  • Medical Care: You have the right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see you own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.
For more complete information, see the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home publication.

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