One of your most important rights as a nursing home resident is to receive the necessary care and services to “attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being” in accordance with a written plan of care.
Residents of nursing homes and their families have the right to access the resident’s medical records.1 Facilities and health care providers must provide medical records to the resident or family member within a short period of time, as specified by law.
Anyone who has been a victim of theft knows how violating it feels. For a nursing home resident, that loss is magnified, as personal possessions are often the only symbol of independence remaining.
Hospital stays are difficult times for patients and their families, especially for those who need long term care upon discharge.
It is a common business practice for nursing homes in California to pressure residents to prematurely leave the facility, even if they still need care.
In an effort to prevent residents from being able to sue for abuse or neglect, nursing homes, residential care facilities and continuing care retirement communities are asking residents to sign admission agreements and contracts that include binding pre-dispute arbitration provisions.
One of the best ways to improve nursing home care is to organize and participate in a family council. A family council is an organized group of relatives and friends of residents who meet regularly to discuss and address concerns about quality of care in the nursing home.
HAS INTERNAL LINK (ARBITRATION)
The following checklist will give you, as an observer, a general idea of the quality of care provided in a nursing home.
All nursing homes in California must be licensed by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) and meet California nursing home standards.
Years ago, there was a common misconception that restraints improve the safety of frail elders. The truth, however, is that restraints are dangerous and often cause harm to nursing home residents.