What rights do nursing home residents have?

All nursing home residents have the right to be treated with due care, and if the nursing home causes harm to the resident by breaching its duty of care, the resident or his or her family has the right to sue for damages.

In addition, Florida state law provides that nursing home residents have certain additional rights, including the right to civil and religious liberties, private and uncensored communication, freedom to make independent personal decisions and access to legal, social and other services. In addition, nursing home residents have financial rights when their personal funds are entrusted to a nursing home. Nursing home residents also have the right to receive adequate and appropriate health care, to have privacy in treatment and personal care, and to be free from abuse.

The rights of nursing home residents must be posted in every facility, along with the contact number for the long-term care ombudsman for the state of Florida.

If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, or had his or her rights violated, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.

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