The best assisted living facilities are owned and operated by dedicated administrators and caregivers. Creating a comfortable living environment requires commitment, time, and knowledge. Every state has their own requirements and guidelines on how to properly start, manage, and provide for your residents. One of the common concepts in all states is your residents have rights.
Resident Rights Law
Resident’s rights took their place in law in 1987 under The Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA). The original law was established for facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding. Its sole purpose is to ensure that residents receive the highest possible care. To achieve this, the act includes a Resident’s Bill of Rights that addresses the rights residents are entitled to.
Over time residents rights became a highlight in state government agencies and expanded to include all long-term care options including assisted living facilities.
States have their own unique definition of required resident’s rights. Here are 20 common ones you need to implement in your assisted living facility.
Outside of resident rights being a state requirement, implementing and promoting resident rights offers many benefits to you and your residents. They cultivate a solid relationship built on trust. Residents enter assisted living facilities for various reasons – medical conditions or the desire to no longer live alone. Residents don’t move into a facility to have their everyday rights taken from them. During the instances where moves are forced upon residents – knowing they maintain their rights gives them trust in you, your staff, and your facility.
The rights listed here are not all-inclusive. Some of these common rights need to be tweaked depending on the type of residents you care for on. To gain a full understanding of resident rights in your state, contact your local licensing authority.