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Nursing Home Residents’ Rights

The residents of nursing homes have rights that are protected by state and federal law. Before a person becomes a resident of a long-term care facility, the nursing home must provide them with a copy of their rights which generally include things such as:

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect
  • The right to be informed of your medical care and medications
  • The right to refuse medical care and to choose your own doctor
  • The right to be notified in writing about services and fees
  • The right to manage your own money or choose your own financial representative
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to personal possessions

These things will vary to some degree based on the location and focus of the nursing home, but all residents are entitled to dignity, respect, and proper medical treatment, no matter what other variations there may be.

If you suspect your loved one’s rights are being violated at their care facility, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates or call 312-800-0000 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer.

Signs of Mistreatment

If you have placed your loved one in a nursing home, you need to be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Signs of physical and sexual abuse may include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruises around the breasts or genitals
  • Genital or anal bleeding
  • Visible fear around nursing home staff or management

Signs of neglect may include:

  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Over or under medication
  • Generally unsanitary conditions

Victims of nursing home injuries may exhibit emotional changes such as adopting new and strange behaviors, withdrawing from the nursing home community, and becoming angry or depressed.

If you notice any signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, you need an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorney on your side. Please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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