Care facilities and nursing homes must promote care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident’s dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality. This includes the right to:
- Privacy during treatment and personal care
- Receive and make phone calls in private
- Send and receive mail unopened
- Associate privately with persons of resident’s choice
Residents of nursing homes and care facilities often feel vulnerable, as they have given up their independent lives in order to reside at a care facility. They are often, for the first time in their adult lives, required to depend on strangers to meet their basic needs, and this feeling of dependence can be humbling. It is therefore of the utmost importance to a care facility resident to maintain their sense of self-worth by giving them the common courtesy of adhering to these, and many other, basic rules which help them maintain their quality of life.
If a care facility has not treated you or a loved one with the dignity and respect it owes toward its residents, Berman & Riedel, LLP can offer the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on what your rights may be under the law. Contact an attorney at Berman & Riedel, LLP to discuss your legal options.