Know Your Rights

Residents of each type of long-term care setting have specific and clearly defined rights.

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Nursing Home Residents
Personal Care Home Residents
Domiciliary Care Residents
Adult Day Care Center Participants

Rights of Nursing Home Residents

The right to be informed in writing of your rights, as well as the policies and procedures of the facility

The right to know about services and changes

The right to know about your medical condition

The right to participate in your plan of care, including the right to refuse treatment

The right to choose your own physician and to use the pharmacy of your choice

The right to have your personal and medical records treated as confidential

The right to manage your own personal finances, including:

The right to know where your funds are and the account number;

The right to receive a written accounting every three months;

The right to receive a receipt for any funds spent; and

The right to have access to your funds within the same day unless over $50 ($100 for Medicare resident), then within three days

The right to privacy and to be treated with dignity and respect

The right to use your own clothing and possessions

The right to be free from mental, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and involuntary seclusion

The right to be free from restraints

The right to voice a grievance without retaliation

Rights of Personal Care Home Residents

The right to be informed in writing of your rights

The right to be informed in writing of the home’s policies, services and charges

The right to leave and return to the home at reasonable times

The right to use your own clothing and possessions

The right to receive visitors

The right to telephone access and privacy

The right to receive and send mail

The right to make complaints without retaliation

The right to be free from mental, physical, and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and involuntary seclusion

The right to privacy and to be treated with dignity and respect

The right to be provided with 30-days advance written notice of the facility’s intent to terminate your residency and the reason for this termination

The right to be free from chemical (drug) and physical restraints

The right to keep at least $60 per month of your own funds for personal use each month

The right to request and receive assistance in relocating

The right to freely participate in any religious, social or community activity of your choosing

Rights of Domiciliary Care Residents

The right to be accepted and treated as a member of the household

The right to privacy, including the right to receive and send mail, and use the telephone freely for local calls

The right to be treated with respect and in a courteous manner

The right to live free from abuse and exploitation of any sort

The right to request and receive assistance in relocating from the Dom Care home

The right to actively participate in care planning, and in setting goals for yourself

The right to expect assistance, as necessary, from your Dom Care home and the Dom Care Program in achieving goals

The right to have visitors in the home, at times mutually agreed upon between you and the Dom Care home

The right to voice grievances and concerns, and to have those grievances and concerns addressed to your satisfaction

The right to make decisions and manage personal affairs as freely as possible

The right to choose whether or not to participate in religious activities and the right to practice and observe your own religious, cultural or other traditions

The right to the full enjoyment of the home, excluding the personal areas of other members

The right to receive assistance, if necessary, in obtaining medical care

The right to recommend changes in household rules or policies

Rights of Adult Day Care Center Participants

The program Director/Administrator shall ensure that clients are, to the extent of their ability, aware of their rights.  Responsible parties shall also be made aware of client rights.

These include:

The right to be treated with dignity and respect, including privacy in treatment and in care for personal needs

The right to participate in development and implementation of your care plan

The right to be fully informed regarding the services to be provided, including frequency of services and treatment objectives, as evidenced by written acknowledgement by you or a responsible party

The right to receive services designed to promote your functional ability to the optimal level and to encourage independence

The right to be accorded safe, comfortable and healthful accommodations, furnishings and equipment to meet your needs

The right to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation

The right to attend or to refrain from attendance and participation in religious activities, if offered

The right to end participation in the center at any time

The right to be free from restraints, seclusion and aversive conditioning

The right to be accorded rights in the areas of civil rights, grievance procedures, access and use of telephone and confidentiality

The right to be free to contact and meet privately with representatives of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

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