Through their website, Medicare.gov, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) and Medicare are now publishing what they describe as Nursing
Home Resident Rights.
Per current law, Nursing home residents have certain rights and protections,
and all nursing homes are required to provide this list to new residents
and publish a copy in their facility.
Some of these resident rights include:
-The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
-The right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you
enter the nursing home.
-The right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust
to do this for you.
-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.
-The right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and
to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications
-The right to have a choice over your schedule (for example, when you
get up and go to sleep), your activities and other preferences that are
important to you.
-The right to an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort
and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible.
For more complete information, see the publications
Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Care
Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to
their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and
quality measure data are three important ways to measure nursing home
quality. This information gives you a “snap shot” of the care
individual nursing homes give.
One of the most important things to do is to visit the nursing homes you
are considering. If possible, also contact your Long-Term Care Ombudsman
or State Survey Agency before making a decision. Take a copy of the Nursing
Home Checklist when you visit a nursing home and talk to the nursing home
staff about the information on this website.