What Rights Do Nursing Home Residents Have In Florida?
When families place their loved ones in nursing homes to be cared for, it is important to find out all you can about the nursing home. In addition to visiting the nursing home and checking up on their ratings and reviews, it is good to ask the nursing home administrator about the rights each resident should be guaranteed.
The answer the nursing home administrator gives to you will tell you a lot about the nursing home and whether or not they prioritize a resident’s well-being. For example, a nursing home should at least tell you that their residents are guaranteed the following rights:
- The right to receive appropriate and adequate health care
- The right to be treated fairly and with dignity
- The right to privacy
- The right to be free from physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse
- The right to be free from emotional, chemical, or physical punishment
- The right to be transferred for medical reasons
- The right to have access to legal services
When a nursing home doesn’t have a standard of rights they can provide to you, you should move on and look for another nursing home for your elderly loved one. However, even if a nursing home administrator can recite these rights, it doesn’t mean their nursing home patients are free from abuse or neglect.
If your loved one has been a victim of Florida nursing home abuse and neglect, you have the right to hire an attorney of your choice to pursue damages for any violations of your loved one’s rights. Call the Law Office of David Benenfeld at 954-807-1334 for a free consultation today with a skilled Fort Lauderdale nursing home abuse lawyer.