When Nursing Homes Violate Residents’ Rights, They Should Be Held Accountable

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2019

Nursing home residents are granted many rights by the federal government. The state of Virginia also enforces rules and regulations to help ensure that nursing home residents are well protected and safe from harm while living in care facilities.

Federal rights include the following:

  • The right to a dignified existence—This includes the right to be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity while remaining free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also states that quality of life must be maintained or improved and that residents will be free from physical restraints.
  • The right to self-determination—Regardless of their age or health conditions, nursing home residents should always have a voice in their own care and healthcare plans. They should also be able to participate in activities and request, refuse, or discontinue treatment.
  • The right to be fully informed—Residents should know the status of their own health and the progression of their illnesses, as well as any treatments they might undergo to treat diseases and chronic health conditions. In addition, they should receive important notices and information about changes in a written language they can understand.

These are just a few of the important rights that nursing home residents are supposed to enjoy in Virginia. Unfortunately, these rights are sometimes violated, putting residents in danger.

If you suspect your loved one’s rights were violated after being moved to a nursing home or other care facility, your family may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm today to get the legal representation you need.