What are my loved one's rights in a Wisconsin nursing home?
Your loved one has rights granted by federal regulations. Your loved one has similar rights under Wisconsin law, regardless of whether he or she is a resident of a nursing home or another long-term care facility such as a community based residential facility or adult family home.
NURSING HOME REFORM ACT: RESIDENTS' RIGHTS BILL OF RIGHTS
The Nursing Home Reform Act established the following seminal rights for nursing home residents:
- The right to freedom from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect;
- The right to freedom from physical restraints;
- The right to privacy;
- The right to accommodation of medical, physical, psychological, and social needs;
- The right to participate in resident and family groups;
- The right to be treated with dignity;
- The right to exercise self-determination;
- The right to communicate freely;
- The right to participate in the review of one's care plan, and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment, or change of status in the facility; and
- The right to voice grievances without discrimination or reprisal.
These are some of the basic and important rights that assisted living residents retain when they enter a facility.