Although the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987 has guaranteed nursing home residents many well-known legal rights, one lesser known right is the ability to form private resident councils. Any facility receiving funding from Medicare/Medicaid must support the efforts of its residents to join together to form a resident council. This includes helping notify other residents of upcoming meetings and providing a private space in which the council can meet. The council is able to discuss issues, opportunities for improvement, plan events and activities, and work with staff to help improve the quality of life in their nursing home.
To read a fact sheet on resident council rights, courtesy of National Consumer Voice, please click here.