What are the rights of residents of nursing homes?
Florida law offers residents of nursing homes certain rights which are guaranteed by law and protect those residents from unreasonable personal, civil and religious restraints. Contained in what has become more commonly referred to as the Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights (Florida Statutes 400.022), the legislature has provided a framework for the protection of what is undoubtedly the most vulnerable class of our population-the sick and elderly. In part, the Bill protects nursing home residents from being forced to submit to medical and pharmacological treatment they don’t want, being able to send and receive uncensored mail and phone calls, unreasonable restrictions on receiving visitors, unreasonable restriction on the exercise of civil and religious liberties, the ability to present grievances without fear of reprisal, privacy, the ability to choose their own doctors and be kept informed as to their mental and physical condition, the right to assemble with other resident, protection from being forced to leave the facility for arbitrary or capricious reasons and the right to control and access of personal funds in the trust of the facility. The entire text of the Bill of Residential Rights is attached for your reference.
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