Nursing home facilities have become a popular source of trusted care for elderly patients. One of the reasons that nursing home facilities have this popularity is that they have reputations for respecting a patient’s rights.
A person who is receiving care at such a facility has a wide array of rights that all health care professional must protect. Failure to uphold those rights could result in legal ramifications for the provider or the entire facility.
Some of the main rights of nursing home patients include:
The Right to Privacy
Patients inside of nursing facilities have the right to privacy while the facility is caring for them. This means that if they would like to use the bathroom alone, they can request that their assistant leave the facilities. This privacy applies with other situations such as desired alone time in one’s room.
The Right to Be Treated With Respect and Dignity
A patient’s rights include the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Care providers may not threaten, demean, manipulate or otherwise abuse a person who is in a nursing home. A person who breaks this rule opens the facility up for neglect and personal injury lawsuits.
The Right to Receive the Best Care at All Times
Patients have the right to receive treatment that is based on their best interests. That means that acting caregivers must act in a manner that protects their health and safety. Any deviation or neglect of those rights could cause the facility to have legal repercussions.
Safe, secure and trusted care is the kind of care that every elderly person desires. No one wants to be subject to abuse, negligence or boundary breaking. Each caregiver must take an oath to protect the aforementioned rights and some additional rights that exist for patients of this type.