|Residents' Bill of Rights|
The Long Term Care Facilities Residents' Bill of Rights gives a Resident, a Residents
Representative or Guardian:
A Resident has the right to make certain basic choices concerning the care.
These include THE RIGHT TO:
Physical and Chemical Restraints
A Resident has the right to be free from physical or chemical restraints, isolation or other restrictions. If restraints are used, they must be authorized by a written order from a physician. The order must specify the duration and circumstances under which the restraints are to be used. Their use can only be to the minimum extent necessary to protect the resident or others from immediate injury. They cannot be used for any other purpose.
Transfer and Discharge
Except for certain limited reasons, a resident has the right NOT to be discharged or transferred to another facility against her/his wishes. Reasons for transfer or discharge include:
Unless it is an emergency situation, the facility must give a 30 day written notice of intent to discharge to the resident.
A Resident, resident representative or guardian who believes the resident's rights have been violated may take advantage of the grievance procedure. If anyone is dissatisfied with the results of the grievance procedure, you may ask for an Administrative Hearing with the Department of Human Resources.
A Resident, representative or guardian may file an action in court for damages and other relief.
Your Community Long Term Care Ombudsman can provide further information.
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