Nursing homes should allow people to thrive while providing them with the right level of care and support. However, not every nursing home is the same, and many people don’t fully understand how they should function. Whether you’re a resident or the family of a resident, it can be difficult to determine whether or not a nursing home is doing its job right. At Guardians of Care, LLC, we bring 24 years of experience in protecting the rights of nursing home residents, and we’re on a mission to help you.
Every situation is unique, but patient rights never change. Below is a basic rundown of the rights each patient should enjoy without exception:
- Free access to health records
- Confidentiality and privacy
- Resolution of concerns and/or grievances
- Refusal of certain transfers
- Knowledge of medical condition and/or health status
- Access to friends, family, etc.
- The right to exercise the above rights
While the list is pretty clear, it’s important to realize that violations can be blatant as well as subtle. In many situations, violations end up encapsulated within extenuating circumstances or they get passed off as normal nursing home life. That’s why we are here, to help identify elder abuse and neglect. As members of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), our nursing home patient advocates tell you if a certain situation violates your rights. If something is up, we’ll effectively investigate each aspect of your experience as well as the nursing home itself. Contact our knowledgeable advocates today to ensure the best nursing home quality of care.