Rights & Protections in a Longterm Care Facility

As a resident in a Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified nursing home, you have certain rights and protections under federal and state law. These rights and protections help make sure you get the care and services you need. You have the right to be informed, make your own decisions, and have your personal information kept private.The nursing home must tell you about these rights and explain them in writing in a language you understand. They must also explain in writing how you should act and what you’re responsible for while you’re in the nursing home. This must be done before or at the time you’re admitted, as well as during your stay. You must acknowledge in writing that you got this information.At a minimum, federal law specifies that a nursing home must protect and promote the rights of each resident.You have guaranteed rights and protections as a person with Medicare. In addition, your rights as a nursing home resident include the right to:

Be free from discrimination
Be free from abuse and neglect
Exercise your rights as a U.S. citizen
Have your representative notified
Get proper medical care
Be treated with respect
Be free from restraints
Have protections against involuntary transfer or discharge
Participate in activities
Spend time with visitors
Form or participate in resident groups
Manage your money
Get information on services and fees
Get proper privacy, property, and living arrangements
Make complaints

Need Assistance with Residence Rights?

Contact your local Ombudsman (Advocate) for assistance with Residents Rights Issues.  The local Ombudsman for Grand County Colorado can be reached through the Area Agency on Aging at 970 468-0295 extension 107