Nursing home residents in Kentucky may sometimes feel as if they have no rights, but the truth is that they are legally protected. Here is what the law specifies:
Nursing Home Patients’ Bill of Rights (CGS § 19a-550(b))
Federal and state law each give nursing home patients specific enumerated rights. Among these are the following:
- To receive quality care and services with reasonable accommodation of individual needs and preferences, except when this would endanger the individual's health and safety;
- To be treated with consideration, respect, and full recognition of the patient’s dignity and individuality, including privacy in treatment and care for his or her personal needs;
- To be free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, and physical or chemical restraint imposed for disciplinary purposes or convenience and not required to treat the patient’s medical symptoms; and
- To file a complaint with the Department of Social Services (DSS) or the Department of Public Health (DPH) about patient abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of patient property.
The nursing home patients’ bill of rights gives any patient a private right of action against a nursing home the patient believes has negligently deprived him or her of any right or benefit the bill of rights confers.
Do you have a parent or loved one in a nursing home in Kentucky? Are you beginning to see signs that she or he is a victim of negligence there? Contact a Louisville nursing home neglect attorney at Gray and White Law right away. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.