Rights of Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home residents are often victims of abuse because they are vulnerable to the actions of others and don’t always report the incident. However, it’s important to recognize what rights nursing home residents have and what would constitute neglect or abuse.
These rights make it possible for those injured to pursue compensation and justice when a wrongdoer is found negligent. Here are the rights of which you should be aware so you can protect your loved one from abuse.
How Residents Should Be Treated
Residents have the right to be treated with respect and dignity at all times by the staff. They should not be mentally abused by those expected to care for them. Furthermore, they have the right to be free from any kind of physical neglect, abuse, malnourishment, or mistreatment.
They must also be free from any physical restraints. Should the nursing home facility violate any of these rights and cause harm to the resident, the person(s) responsible for the pain and suffering can be held accountable for the actions they’ve committed.
Rights to Privacy and Communication
Residents should have their privacy, especially in their own space. This means staff members should not freely listen to conversations or go through a resident’s personal belongings unless there is substantial reason to do so.
The residents also have the right to participate in any social or family activities that are going on in the facility, and they may be able to communicate freely with others. Failing to allow this can be seen as a violation of rights.
Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers are here to protect the rights of residents and ensure that nursing homes are providing the highest level of care. When any act of abuse occurs, we work hard to help the victim take the action they need to pursue justice and compensation.
You can count on The Gatti Law Firm to be by your side every step of the way. We aim to protect your best interests and safeguard the rights you have as a resident in a nursing home. Let us be the voice you need to stand up to abuse and neglect.