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Residents' rights

When a person moves into a long term care facility they retain all their rights as a private citizen, plus, under federal and state law, they gain numerous other rights as a resident of the facility. Some of these rights, in abbreviated form, are listed below:

  • Right to be informed about and exercise their rights
  • Right to know about services and financial charges
  • Right to participate in planning their care and treatment
  • Right to refuse treatment
  • Right to confidentiality of records
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to control their finances
  • Right to freedom from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • Right to freedom from chemical and physical restraints
  • Right to express grievances without fear of retaliation
  • Rights pertaining to admissions, transfers, and discharges, including the right to appeal
  • Right to communicate freely with persons of their choice