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Nursing Home Residents' Rights

Nursing Home Residents’ Rights

In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Law was passed in order to guarantee residents of Long Term care facilities certain rights. It’s never an easy decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, but federal Nursing Home Residents’ Rights are put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our elderly relatives.

If your loved one is in a nursing home and suffered due to the breach of any of these rights, they may be eligible to pursue justice by filing a claim.

To begin exploring your legal options, contact our nursing home abuse attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.

Connecticut Nursing Home Residents’ Rights

When a senior is placed in a long term care facility, they gain a set of “residents’ rights” as mandated by both Connecticut law and federal law. These rights are intended to empower nursing home patients by giving them the ability to control decisions regarding their personal care and medical treatment. In addition to the individual’s basic rights as a citizen, nursing home residents have the right to the following:

  • The right to be treated fairly and with respect and dignity.
  • The right to be free of abuse, both mentally and physically.
  • The right to receive adequate health care and protective services.
  • The right to confidentiality in treatment and personal care.
  • The right to choose a physician and pharmacy, within reason.
  • The right to refuse treatment and the right to take part in the planning of proposed treatment and care.
  • The right to opt out of performing services for the facility that are not intended to be therapeutic or part of the patient’s care plan.
  • The right to retain and use personal items, such as clothing and possessions, as space permits, as long as it does not affect the right of other residents.
  • The right to manage his or her own finances. If the patient gives the facility written responsibility to manage their finances, the resident has the right to a quarterly account of financial transactions made on their behalf.
  • The right to be informed, in writing and orally, of services available, including medical treatments and therapy.
  • The right to participate or organize resident groups.
  • The right to participate in various social, religious and community activities.
  • The right to have established visiting hours.
  • The right to visitation, whether by family and friends, clergy and social workers or by individuals providing health, social, legal or other services. Additionally, residents have the right to privacy during visitation.
  • The right for critically ill patients to have visitors at any time, unless the resident is medically prohibited from having visitors.
  • The right to private communication, including the ability to send and receive personal mail without censorship.
  • The right of access to telephones, both for making and receiving confidential calls.
  • The right to view results of recent nursing home inspections, including the facility’s plan of correction, if applicable.
  • The right to present grievances and recommend changes without the fear of repercussion or retaliation.
  • The right to notification prior to room or roommate changes.
  • The right to only be transferred or discharged for medical reasons, the safety of other residents or the nonpayment of expenses.
  • The right to receive a 30 day written notice in the event of discharge or relocation. The resident also has the right to challenge such notice.

Contact an Experienced Connecticut Nursing Home Attorney

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience working with the elderly community in Connecticut.

With offices in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, we are available to help any Connecticut nursing home resident who believes they may have a claim for the breach of their rights.

If you believe that your loved one may have a claim, we urge you to contact our attorneys as soon as possible. Abuse of the elderly is one of the most heinous crimes an individual can commit. Let us help you fight for the justice your loved one deserves.

If you are unsure if your loved one has a claim, contact our firm to schedule a free, initial case evaluation. During an evaluation, a member of our legal team will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse.

We believe that every Connecticut resident deserves access to top legal counsel, regardless of their financial status, so our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, you do not owe us any fees unless we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether through a jury verdict or settlement with other parties involved.

For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Connecticut nursing home residents or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team of legal professionals, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.