Under federal law, nursing homes are required to inform you of and post their bill of rights. In many cases, this does not happen.
Here are some important rights you should know: You should be told of the services that are regularly offered by the facility and those that are offered at an additional charge. You have the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to be transferred for medical reasons or for nonpayment. If your loved one should be transferred, you have to be given thirty days’ notice before the transfer can occur.
In addition to these, you also have the right to voice grievances and be free from restraint and mental or physical abuse. Please know that any kind of inappropriate behavior is considered nursing home abuse. Remember, your loved one has the right to be treated with care, kindness, dignity, and respect.