There are many ways to support the rights of our senior community members and work to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect. All of those ways are good ones, because the problems of inadequate care are faced by so many seniors each and every day that there are always more victims than there are voices working to help them. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys are driven by the fact that there are many local seniors in need who not receiving the care to which they are entitled.
As we have frequently explained, the rights of nursing home residents are often violated without repercussion because most seniors and their families do not actually know what their rights are.
A large scale advocacy effort remains underway via many groups attempting to share information about those rights and to empower families to take a stand when they are violated. For example, one innovative way that an elder care awareness group is using to spread the word, according to The Legal Center, is through use of “Residents’ Rights Bingo.” The popular game is being sold to raise money for local nursing home advocacy groups and to help share information with seniors, their families, and nursing home employees. Purchase your copy HERE.
Both state and federal laws and regulations require caregivers at assisted living facilities to provide adequate levels of care. In addition, nursing home residents do not give up all of their freedoms because they enter these facilities. There are very clear rules about rights that still extend to seniors in these facilities. For example, facilities must allow residents to wear their own clothing if not harmful, and ft clothing is provided it must be properly fitting. In addition, all complaints about personal property theft in the facility must be promptly investigated. The resident must have convenient access to mailing facilities and telephones. Visitors must be allowed within certain hours and staff members must knock and provide notice before entering a resident’s room (unless there is an emergency) so as to respect the senior’s privacy.
Many rights relate to restraints and confinements. Overall, no restraint or confinement is allowed unless a doctor determines that it is necessary for the senior’s care and safety. Only in the case of emergency can a resident be restrained without their consent. When some form a restraint is necessary, the options used must be the least restrictive possible. On the issue of chemical restraints, facilities can only provide medications for the purposes of treating a medical condition, not to subdue. This is a particularly common problem in area nursing homes that needs to be addressed.
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain proud to help local victims of inadequate nursing home care hold their wrongdoers accountable. If you or a loved one may have had rights violated, please do not let it go unnoticed. Report it to nursing home officials, state regulatory bodies, and visit with a local nursing home abuse attorney to share your story and see what can be done.
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