Nursing home residents’ rights are the legal and moral rights of the residents of a nursing home. Legislation exists in various jurisdictions to protect such rights. An early example of a statute protecting such rights is Florida statute 400.022, enacted in 1980, and commonly known as the Residents’ Rights Act.
Specific rights protected vary greatly by jurisdiction. Types of rights protected include: dignity, medical privacy, pecuniary, dietary and visitation rights. Process rights, such as right of complaint, are also sometimes protected.
Motivations for residents’ rights
In the United States, concerns about poor quality care and ineffective regulation of nursing homes date back to the 1970s. Early regulation focused on the ability of nursing homes to provide care, rather than on the quality of the care provided or the experience of the individuals receiving care. In the 1980s, particularly in response to an influential Institute of Medicine (IoM) report, the US federal government moved to address these concerns by enacting more resident-focused regulations, and among these were a number of new quality-of-life rights for residents of nursing homes.Similar concerns over quality of care motivated people in other countries to advocate for residents’ rights.
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 2
- Duration 1.0 Hour
- Skill level All level
- Language English
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self
- Quiz 2.1 Resident Rights in Nursing Homes Locked
- Quiz 2.2 Resident Rights Locked
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