to be treated with courtesy and respect, and in a way that fully
recognizes the residents dignity and individually, and to be free from mental and
to be properly sheltered, fed clothed, groomed and cared for in a manner consistent with his or her needs.
to be told who is responsible for and who is providing the
residents direct care.
to be afforded privacy in treatment and in caring for his or her
Ø to keep (in his or her room) and display personal possessions,
pictures and furnishings in keeping with safety requirements and other residents
to be informed of his or her medical condition, treatment and
proposed course of treatment.
to give or refuse consent to treatment, including medication, in
accordance with the law, and to be informed of the consequences of giving or refusing
to have the opportunity to participate fully in making a decision,
and obtaining an independent medical opinion concerning any aspect of his or her care,
including any decision concerning his or her admission, discharge or transfer to or from a
nursing home and,
to have his or her medical records kept confidential in accordance
with the law.
to receive reactivation and assistance towards independence
consistent with his or her requirements.
communicate in confidence
EVERY RESIDENT who is
being considered for restraints has the right to be fully informed about the procedures
and the consequences of receiving or refusing them.
to communicate in confidence, to receive visitors of his or her
choice, and to consult in private with any person without interference.
EVERY RESIDENT whose death
is likely to be imminent has the right to have members of the residents family
present twenty-four hours per day.
Ø to designate a person to
receive information concerning any transfer or emergency hospitalization of the resident
and, where a person is so designated, to have that person so informed forthwith.
to exercise the rights of a citizen, and to raise concerns or
recommend changes in policies and services on behalf of himself or herself or others to
the residents' council, nursing home staff, government officials or any other person
inside or outside the nursing home, without fear of restraint, interference, coercion,
discrimination or reprisal.
to form friendships, to enjoy relationships and to participate in the
to meet privately with his or her spouse in a room that assures
privacy and where both spouses are residents in the same nursing home, they have a right
to share a room according to their wishes, if any appropriate room is available.
to pursue social, cultural, religious and other interests to develop
his or her potential and to be given reasonable provisions by the nursing home to
accommodate these pursuits.
to be informed in writing of any law, rule or policy affecting the
operation of the nursing home and of the procedures for initiating complaints.
to manage his or her own financial affairs where the resident is able
to do so, and where the residents financial affairs are managed by the nursing home,
to receive a regular accounting of any transactions undertaken on his or her behalf, and
to be assured that the residents property
is managed solely on the residents behalf.
to live in a safe and clean environment.
to be given access to protected areas outside the nursing home in
order to enjoy outdoor activity, unless the physical setting makes this impossible.
to designate a responsible party to act on his or her behalf in the
event that health conditions preclude personal representation.