Residents’ Rights Week is designated by the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform and celebrated the first full week in October each year to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, subacute units, assisted living, board and care, and retirement communities. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. Residents’ Rights Week is also a time to reflect on the importance of the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987 which promises quality of life and care and residents’ rights for each resident. During this week, NCCNHR encourages everyone to honor the family members, staff, advocates, and residents themselves who promote and ensure that dignity, privacy and other basic human rights are maintained as an integral part of the lives of residents living in long-term care settings.
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