Resident Rights

The Federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA ’87) dramatically impacted the standards of care in long-term care facilities and created an emphasis on the quality of life, as well as the quality of care. Under OBRA ‘87, guidelines for Resident Rights were created, reinforcing that long-term care residents should be given the same value, respect, and opportunities – the same rights - that an individual enjoys in the larger community. Nursing homes must meet federal Resident Rights requirements if they participate in Medicare or Medicaid. Additionally, Massachusetts laws require that long-term care facilities uphold Resident Rights.

 

Resident Rights are protected throughout OBRA, and the information below is a summary of these sections: resident rights (483.10), admission, transfer, and discharge rights (483.12), resident behavior and facility practices (483.13), quality of life (483.15), and quality of care (483.25). For the full text of federal and Massachusetts laws, please refer to Laws & Regulations.

 

Links to the following categories:
Dignity, Respect, and Freedom
Discharge/Transfers
Grievances
Information
Medical Care
Privacy
Quality of Care/Quality of Life
Records
Resident and Family Councils

 

Right to Dignity, Respect and Freedom

 

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Rights During Discharge/Transfer


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Right to Grievances

 

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Right to Information

 

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Right to Participate in Medical Care


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Right to Privacy

 

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Right to Quality of Care/ Quality of Life


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Right to Records

Rights of resident or legal representative:

 

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Right to Resident and Family Councils


See Family-Run Council Legislation for full text.

 

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