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What are the rights of individuals living in nursing homes?

When you put a loved one in a nursing home, it is with the expectation that he or she will receive care that meets a certain standard. Quality care and medical assistance are just some of the reasons that people turn to these facilities to care for their loved ones. When a nursing home does not meet the obligations they have to its patients, family members have the right to hold liable parties accountable. 

If you have a family member who lives in a Texas nursing home, he or she has certain rights, no matter the medical conditions at hand. When a nursing home patient experiences a violation of his or her rights, it can result in physical and emotional harm, yet these individuals do not have to suffer in silence. If you believe your family member experienced mistreatment in a nursing home, you may speak out on his or her behalf.

Entitlements granted to nursing home residents

Nursing home residents have the right to expect quality care and assistance while living in a nursing home. Additionally, these individuals have the right to the following things:

  • The right to see visiting family members, doctors and other types of service providers
  • The right to keep their possessions and clothing unless it is a threat to the patient's safety
  • The right to privacy of their medical records and personal information
  • The right to the an explanation of their medical options and the right to choose their own doctor or care provider
  • The right to express concerns and report grievances without fear of repercussions

If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing a violation of his or her financial, legal or medical rights, it could be grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the facility. Nursing homes may be held liable for unfair, harmful and improper treatment of residents, whether it is physical or otherwise.

Fighting on behalf of your loved one

As the family member of a person who has been ill treated by a nursing home or medical facility, you have the right to take action on his or her behalf. No matter what your family member experienced, he or she has the right to know the legal options available.

It can be a daunting task to hold a nursing home accountable for what your loved one experienced. You may find it useful to start by seeking an evaluation of your case in order to know the appropriate course of action.

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