RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS IN NURSING HOMES. Consumer Information Sheet
If you are a resident or have a loved one in a nursing home, this information highlights your rights. Residents’ rights are part of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law enacted in 1987 in the Social Security Act. The law requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident” and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity and self-determination.
Nursing homes must meet residents’ rights requirements if they participate in Medicare or Medicaid.
The following is an overview of the ways that the law protects residents’ rights.
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