The rights of Florida nursing home residents

When people think of nursing homes, they primarily think of facilities where older adults reside. Sometimes the residents need around-the-clock nursing care and others live independently within a community. Although residents may depend on the assistance of nursing home employees, they still have rights.

Florida law lists several rights that nursing home residents have in Florida. Nursing homes must let the residents know of their rights. Moreover, the facility must also make a public statement of rights and responsibilities. The report should also outline the responsibilities and duties the nursing home workers have to the residents.

The rights ensure the health, safety and self-sufficiency of all residents of nursing homes. The ten legal rights residents in Florida nursing home have, include:

  1. The right to make independent personal decisions.
  2. The right to private and uncensored communication for correspondence, telephone use and visitations.
  3. The right to have access to health, legal and other services.
  4. The right to present a complaint to the facility.
  5. The right to handle their finances and financial affairs.
  6. The right to know of their medical condition and treatments.
  7. The right to refuse medical treatment and receive information about the consequences of refusing treatment.
  8. The right to have privacy in care for their personal needs such as toileting, bathing and other personal hygiene activities.
  9. The right to fair, courteous and dignified treatment.
  10. The right to be free from abuse, extreme punishment, involuntary seclusion or restraints.