Nursing home residents are protected by both federal law and state law. Unfortunately, this does not stop many nursing homes from mistreating their patients. If that occurs to a loved one of yours, you should speak to an attorney.
Nursing home residents have the right by law to have visitors during reasonable hours. They also have the right to control their medical treatment and their care, which includes learning about costs and treatment options. They can complain to their facility about poor care, or to local or state authorities. They have the right to privacy. They have the right to have personal clothing and belongings that are not interfered with. They have the right to see a doctor. Federal law provides them with a lot of rights regarding their medical records, including the right to privacy as well as to see their medical records and retain copies.
Unfortunately, many residents of nursing homes do not receive high quality care. Residents of many nursing homes are subjected to neglect or even abuse, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. About one in ten nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for violations that pose the risk of death or serious injury.
Residents who are most at risk of abuse or neglect include those with communication issues or mental issues and those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. If your loved one is displaying signs of poor treatment in a nursing home, including unexplained injuries or bedsores, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.