Residents living in a nursing home or elder care facility rely on the staff to provide quality care and companionship. Unfortunately, these basic human needs are not always respected resulting in substandard care, mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
Whether you are the loved one of an elder or are a resident yourself, you might have concerns about your rights. Fortunately, there are a number of federal and state laws that protect residents from neglect and exploitation. Many of these laws have been in place for several decades in a response to the profound increase of nursing home abuse, injuries, and deaths.
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987
In 1987, Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act. This legally required all nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident.” Included in the act were 10 basic rights that every elder deserves. They include: