What rights do nursing home residents have ?

Under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing home residents have many rights, including the right to receive quality care and live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of each resident’s physical and mental health. Nursing homes accepted Medicare and Medicaid are required to promote and protect the rights of each resident and place a strong emphasis on individual dignity and self-determination. Under Pennsylvania law, Pennsylvania nursing homes must meet the federal requirements.

Sources: Service Employees International Union Report (1999); Health Care Financing Administration’s Online Survey, Certification and Reporting Data (March 2000); HCFA’s National Restraint Reduction Newsletter (Summer 2000); Philadelphia Enquirer, Report Criticizes State over Nursing Homes (March 11, 1998)

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