The federal government issues regulations that protect seniors and disabled individuals in nursing home facilities. These regulations stop common practices that have become an everyday occurrence in these facilities. Whether they are due to short-staffing or not, any form of neglect or abuse is illegal under these laws and regulations. The following are a review of concepts associated with nursing home state regulations.
The Right to Remain Safe Without Abuse and Neglect
All seniors and disabled individuals have the legal right to expect a safe nursing home facility. They have the right to feel safe in these facilities and not have to live in fear. At any time that a resident of the facility doesn’t feel safe, is abused or neglected, the resident has the legal right to take action.
Stopping the Use of Restraints
Nursing homes are also prone to use equipment such as restraints on these patients. Despite the reasons that are often alleged, this action by any nursing home staff member or administrator is illegal and is a form of abuse. At any time that the resident’s family notices evidence of the use of restraints, they have the legal right file a formal complaint or lawsuit against the facility.
Privacy and Dignity
All residents have the right to privacy and dignity. No staff member or administrator has the right to prevent any resident to be denied privacy or the retain their dignity. Any violation of these rights is actionable under these federal laws.
The Right to Communicate and Share Their Feelings
All residents retain the right to communicate their feelings, fears, or needs to the facilities nurses and administrators. They cannot be denied the right to take action when they are wronged in any way. If they are denied this right to speak, they have a viable case against the facility.
All residents of a nursing home facility retain their legal rights. The nursing home facility must provide all residents with respect and privacy. They cannot subject these residents to any form or abuse or neglect. Any nursing home resident that became a victim due to these circumstances can contact an attorney and file a lawsuit right now.