Every Florida Nursing Home Resident is Guaranteed Certain Rights
Every year thousands of Floridians receive treatment in a nursing home. If you or a loved one are considering a nursing home or are a current resident, you should know that Florida law guarantees certain rights specifically to nursing home residents. These rights are designed to protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect, and to guarantee that they are treated fairly and with respect.
This “Nursing Home Resident’s Rights Act” was enacted in the early 1980’s to combat a growing crisis in widespread nursing home neglect and abuse. Even though these laws are now over thirty years old, they are still important in protecting Florida’s nursing home residents. Every Florida nursing home must follow and uphold these laws.
Nursing Home Resident’s Rights Include:
The right to civil and religious liberties.
The right to private and uncensored communication.
The right to present grievances to the staff or administrator of the facility, to governmental officials, or to any other person.
The right to organize and participate in resident groups in the facility and the right to have your family meet in the facility with the families of other residents.
The right to participate in social, religious, and community activities that do not interfere with the rights of other residents.
The right to examine, upon reasonable request, the results of the most recent inspection of the facility conducted by a federal or state agency and any plan of correction in effect with respect to the facility.
The right to manage your own financial affairs.
The right to be adequately informed of your medical condition and proposed treatment.
The right to refuse medication or treatment and to be informed of the consequences of such decisions.
The right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services.
The right to have privacy in treatment and in caring for personal needs.
The right to be treated courteously, fairly, and with the fullest measure of dignity .
The right to be free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, extended involuntary seclusion, and from physical and chemical restraints.
The right to be transferred or discharged only for medical reasons or for the welfare of other residents, and the right to be given reasonable advance notice of no less than 30 days of any involuntary transfer or discharge.
The right to freedom of choice in selecting a personal physician.
The right to retain and use personal clothing and possessions.
Preventing Abuse and Neglect
Even though every nursing home resident in Florida is guaranteed these rights, many nursing homes and nursing home companies disregard them or worse, violate them intentionally. By violating your loved one’s rights, the nursing home can cause falls, bedsores, broken bones, malnutrition, medical complications, infections, and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a nursing home, you have the right to hold the nursing home accountable. Our attorneys are experienced in prosecuting cases of nursing home abuse. Contact us now for a free consultation about your potential case.