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Prime Living: Understanding the rights of nursing home residents

 

Nursing home residents have rights. If a nursing home participates in Medicare or Medicaid, it must meet requirements “to promote and protect the rights of each resident.”

An estimated 1.4 million older adults and people with disabilities live in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a nursing home participates in Medicare or Medicaid – and most do – it must meet requirements “to promote and protect the rights of each resident.”

This means nursing homes are required to care for their residents in a way that enhances the quality of life for residents, respects their dignity and ensures they are able to make choices for themselves.

Established by federal law, the “Residents’ Bill of Rights,” states if you l...



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