Does Your Assisted Living Community Have a Resident Bill of Rights?

June 16, 2015

pensive-female-580611_1280It’s necessary to scrutinize many factors when searching for an assisted living facility. One element that many seniors and their families may be unaware of is a facility’s resident bill of rights.

State law requires facilities provide a resident bill of rights. Prospective residents should ask whether the bill of rights is posted for all to see or available for individual perusal. General elements of a bill of rights residents should expect to see include:

  • Dignified and respectful treatment
  • Informed choice to accept or reject service
  • Opportunity to participate in initial care/service plans and subsequent changes
  • Information about the procedure to evaluate service needs and establish costs
  • The ability to exercise individual rights that do not hamper others’ safety or rights
  • Freedom from neglect, monetary exploitation, and abuse
  • Services delivered in a way that protects privacy and dignity
  • Prompt access to records
  • Confidentiality of medical and other information
  • Rights to privacy
  • Freedom from physical restraints and wrongful administration of psychoactive medications
  • Ability to manage personal financial business unless legally restricted
  • Access to social activities
  • Encouragement and help in exercising their rights
  • Opportunity to make complaints and suggest changes to staff members without concern about reprisal
  • A secure, homelike setting
  • Freedom from bias regarding race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or faith

Residents in assisted living communities aren’t the only ones who need to be aware of their rights. Anyone at a facility who has contact with residents must complete an orientation session that includes information on the bill of rights. Lexington Square believes in each resident’s right to live in an environment that promotes and supports individual dignity and self-determination. We stand by our bill or rights and work hard to create a community seniors are happy to call home.

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