RESIDENT RIGHTS Continuation

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

RESIDENT RIGHTS

This SSS (Social Services Series) will be the continuation and completion of Ohio & Federal Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights. During our last series we looked at the first five resident rights. We will resume summarizing the resident rights continuing with number twenty-five.

25. Residents have the right to be informed in writing of the basic rate charged by the center, services available and any additional charges related to such services. The basic rate of the center shall not be changed unless a 30 day notice is provided to the resident and/or the resident’s responsible party.

26. Residents have the right to receive their bill on a monthly basis for any charges not included in the basic rate.

27. Residents have the right to be free from financial exploitation. Residents have the right to manage their own financial affairs and/or the right to quarterly accounting statements if the center is delegated this responsibility. Residents have the right to review a complete record of their funds, transactions, bills, etc.

28. Residents have the right to access their valuables/property that are on deposit at the center at reasonable hours.

29. Residents have the right to receive notice prior to a room change and/or having a roommate as well as an explanation to the fact. The Grand has all private rooms.

30. Residents have the right not to be discharged or transferred from the center unless for the following reasons: for the safety of other residents in the center, the health of residents in center would be endangered, the resident’s health has improved and he/she no longer meets the criteria for services provided in the center, and/or the welfare/needs of the resident cannot be met in the home. Other reasons may be that the resident has failed to pay for the services provided in the home, the center’s license has been revoked and/or the home is being closed, the resident receives Medicaid and the center is terminating the Medicaid program w/in the center, the resident receives Medicare and the center is terminating the Medicare program w/in the center.

31. Residents have the right to voice grievances and recommend changes to the center’s employees, to The Department of Health, or to any other person not associated with the center (Ombudsman, Legal Rights, family, friends, etc.). Residents are able to do this per their choice, free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal.

32. Residents have the right to be informed of any significant change in their health status as well as their responsible party/emergency contact. The center shall make every reasonable effort to notify the resident and/or their responsible party/emergency contact as soon as the significant change is noted.

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.

Resident Rights – Ohio & Federal Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of 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 the first five resident rights.  We will resume summarizing the resident rights continuing with number six.

  1. Residents have the right to request and obtain the name and any specialty of any physician and/or any other person that is responsible for his/her care or coordination of care in the center.
  2. Residents have the right to request/assign/select an attending physician that is not on the staff of the nursing center if they so wish (in accordance with the rules and written policies/procedures of the nursing center).
  3. Residents have the right to partake in the decisions that affect his/her life including but not limited to communication with the physician and/or staff of the nursing center regarding their care/treatment planning, medical condition, prognosis, etc. Residents further have the right to access their medical record as well as to give and/or withhold informed consent for treatment after the consequences of that choice is explained.
  4. Residents have the right to withhold payment for physician visits if the physician did not actually visit the resident.
  5. Residents have the right to confidentiality of their medical records. Residents have the right to refuse the release of their records to anyone outside the nursing center, except in cases of a transfer to another center, hospital or health care system.
  6. Residents have the right to privacy, especially during medical examination and/or care/treatment of their person.
  7. Residents have the right to refuse care/treatment.
  8. Residents have the right to be free from physical/chemical restraints or prolonged isolation. Physical or chemical restraints or isolation may be used in an emergency situation without authorization of the attending physician only to protect the resident from injury to self or others.
  9. Residents have the right to utilize the pharmacy of their choosing.
  10. Residents have the right to exercise all civil rights.

To review these rights in more detail please visit: Lawriter – ORC – 3721.13 Residents’ rights. codes.ohio.gov/orc/3721.13 and/or https://www.ohca.org/nursing_home_residents_bill_of_rights

Resident Rights in a Nursing Center

Social Services Series

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

Resident Rights in a Nursing Center

resident rightsIn 1987, the Federal Government enacted the Nursing Home Reform Act.  This law mandates that residents living in a long term care facility have the same basic rights of those residing in the community.  This law states that nursing centers “must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care”.  This law stresses the importance of a resident’s dignity, comfort and self-determination.  There are currently 32 resident rights.  These rights can be found on numerous sites on the Web.   In this SSS (Social Services Series) we will be listing all of these rights.  At this time, we look at the first 5 resident rights.

  1. Residents have the right to a safe and clean living environment.
  2. Residents have the right to be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse and to be treated at all time with courtesy, respect and full recognition of dignity and individuality.
  3. Residents have the right to adequate and appropriate medical treatment, nursing care and to ancillary services.
  4. Residents have the right to have all reasonable requests and inquiries responded to promptly.
  5. Residents have the right to have their clothes and bed sheets changed as the need arises.

Here at The Grand of Dublin, our staff strives to provide the best possible quality of care to each and every resident.  We treat our residents with respect and promote their independence as well as focus on their comfort needs.  Our center provides a home-like environment so that residents can focus on their medical improvement.  We treat each resident in a holistic manner and provide the necessary services for their physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.

The list of resident rights that we will be listing over the next several SSS can be found at the following site:

www.http//codes.ohio.gov/orc/3721.13