Resident Rights

Catherine Denlinger, MSW, LSW
Director of Social Services
The GRAND of Dublin

Resident Rights

This SSS (Social Services Series) will be a continuation of Ohio & Federal Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights. During our last series we looked at resident rights six to fifteen.  We will resume summarizing the resident rights continuing with number sixteen.

  1. Residents have the right to pursue opportunities at their own expense to achieve their fullest potential including but not limited to social, recreational, vocational, habilitation and/or educational programs.
  2. Residents have the right to consume a reasonable amount of alcohol at their own expense unless not medically advisable in writing by physician. The Grand has a pub that serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages during our happy hour.
  3. Residents have the right to use tobacco at their own expense unless not medically advisable in writing by physician. The Grand is a nonsmoking center.
  4. Residents have the right to wake up and go to bed per their preference as long as they do not disturb others or the posted meal schedules and/or unless not medically advisable in writing by physician.
  5. Residents have the right to attend/observe/participate in religious activities, the right to maintain individual and cultural identity and the right to participate in activities of their choosing.
  6. Residents have the right to private communication with family, social worker and/or any other persons unless not medically advisable in writing by physician. Resident further have the right to receive, send and mail sealed, unopened correspondence, access to a telephone for private communications, and/or private visits at any reasonable hour.  The Grand has all private rooms and private phones with individual phone numbers.
  7. Residents have the right to privacy of his/her spouse and/or if both reside at the same center, to share a room unless not medically advisable in writing by physician.
  8. Residents have the right to have privacy by having their doors closed and to be knocked upon prior to opening, unless not medically advisable in writing by physician and/or in the case of an emergency.
  9. Residents have the right to have their personal clothing and to have their own possessions at the center unless not medically advisable in writing by physician.

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