What rights do I have as a resident of a long-term care facility? Under the laws of the State of Ohio, the answer is quite a few. Thanks to a piece of legislation commonly referred to as the “Nursing Home Bill of Rights,” residents of facilities that provide accommodations to three or more unrelated people for more than twenty-four hours, enjoy a wide array of protections. This legislation extends to individuals currently receiving care in a nursing home, residential care facility, or county home.
Here are some of the most important rights afforded to those who are living in a private or public long term care facility in the State of Ohio.
In addition to these rights, individuals are guaranteed private correspondence with family members, social workers, or any other person. This includes sending and receiving unopened mail, unrestricted access to the telephone, and private visits at any reasonable hour. In some cases, residents have a right to choose their primary physician and pharmacist.
For more information of what rights are afforded to residents of a long term care facility, contact a Cleveland Elder Law Lawyer.