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Patients Rights

Elderly patients have found that nursing home facilities are the ideal choice for trusted care. One of the reasons for the popularity of nursing home facilities is the fact that they have reputations for giving complete respect to the rights of patients.

Persons receiving care at these facilities must be assured that their wide array of rights is being given full protection by all health care professionals. The provider or the facility could face serious legal ramifications, should they fail to uphold the rights of those in their care.

Some of the main rights of patients in a nursing home include:

The Right to Privacy

It is imperative that patients in nursing facilities maintain their right to privacy while being cared for in the facility. Therefore, if they would like to use the bathroom by themselves, they should be able to make that request of their assistant. This privacy could also extend to them desiring to spend time alone in their room.

The Right to Be Treated With Respect and Dignity

The rights of a patient include being treated with respect and dignity. While in the nursing home, they should not be threatened, manipulated, demeaned or suffer abuse at the hands of care providers. If this rule is broken in any way, the facility could face lawsuits for neglect and personal injury.

The Right to Receive the Best Care at All Times

The treatment that serves their best interest must be provided to the patients as this is one of their rights. Caregivers are required, therefore, to act at all times in a manner that protects their health and safety. Legal repercussions can result if there is any deviation or evidence of neglect of those rights.

Every elderly person desires care that is safe, secure and trusted. They do not welcome negligence or breaking of boundaries, or being subjected to abuse. It is important that all caregivers take an oath that protects all the aforementioned rights, as well as others that may exist for these types of patients.

6 Responses so far.

  1. James says:

    At the top of the list for all nursing homes are those with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care. For those of us with aging parents, this is somewhat comforting, yet it remains an area of concern. We want to believe that our parents have a right to good healthcare once we move on into our own lives.

  2. James says:

    Our hopes rest on the professionalism and compassion of the staff of the assisted living facility that we choose for our parents. If the workers in this field would just think of their own parents and how they wish them to be treated in the hands of others, then their sense of compassion will guide them to make the effort to abide by the rights of every patient. I hope that is the case in most facilities.

  3. James says:

    Knowing the rights of an elderly patient is very important as far as I’m concerned. The capacity of elderly patients to participate in the decision-making process is frequently doubted simply because they have reached a certain age and it is thought that relatives should act as their representatives. In Spain, the opinion of the family and doctors appears to play a larger role in making decisions than does the concept of patient autonomy.

  4. Monty says:

    A code of conduct designed to guarantee dignity and respect for elderly patients is at last being launched. And it’s about time. And it took a coalition of politicians, regulators and charities to pledge its support. Care minister Paul Burstow wants it to be displayed in every GP surgery, social services department, hospital ward and nursing home. I think that is a good idea. It would serve as a printed affirmation for all workers that would essentially program their subconscious mind to adhere to those ethics.

  5. Larry says:

    The rights of the elderly are more important than ever, and here’s why; over the past several decades a massive change has taken place in a key demographic area of the planet’s human population: age. The history of humankind has always been marked by high birth rates and high death rates. However, due to the trend of lower birth rates and lower death rates, one out of every ten people on the planet is now 60 years of age or older.

  6. Ronald says:

    There is a widespread questioning in our society of what respect for the elderly requires, and even a questioning of whether certain sections of the elderly population are owed any respect at all. By respect in this context I mean, at a minimum, recognition of basic human rights. In view of this questioning the position of many elderly people in Western societies has become distinctly precarious. There is a need to reflect on this situation, to identify its roots, and to see at least in broad terms what response to it is called for.

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