Know Your Rights: Your Protections Under Law As A Nursing Home Resident
Seventy percent of adults who reach the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, whether in their residence or in a nursing home. Either way it will be expensive, so families with aging loved ones need to consider whether long-term care insurance should be part of the equation.
Knowing what will be covered by Medicare and what will not is part of that decision. Check out this Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance? infographic to learn more about payment options and what it covers.
One key to smoothing out the complications is preparation. If you or a loved one is considering making the move to an Atlanta nursing home, it’s important to prepare for the future by doing your research and understanding nursing home residents’ rights within the United States and within the state of Georgia.
According to Medicare, resident rights typically include the following:
- Before entering the nursing home, residents have the right to receive, in writing, details regarding services and fees.
- Residents have the right to be treated in a respectful manner.
- Residents have the right to privacy.
- Residents have the right to be involved in their own medical care, which includes the option to refuse treatment.
- Residents have the right to be involved in their own finances or to bestow their financial responsibilities on a trusted loved one.
Below are just a few of the additional nursing home residents’ rights within the state of Georgia (PDF), according to the State Bar of Georgia:
- Residents have the right to care without discrimination.
- Residents have the right to access the telephone and to send and receive mail without interference.
- Residents have the right to form a residents’ council.
Be sure to acquaint yourself with the rights listed above, and spend some time on the websites of the State Bar of Georgia and Medicare to continue to educate yourself. Additionally, consider getting in touch with an attorney who is well versed on elder care.
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