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What are a resident's rights at a nursing home? Many may be wondering after the death of a resident at a senior living facility in California late last month. A nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR on the 87-year-old woman, despite pleas from a 911 dispatcher.
The deceased woman's daughter, herself a nurse, didn't blame the staffer for apparently abiding by the facility's "no CPR" policy. It should be noted the facility was an "independent living facility," which is legally different from a nursing home.
Still, the incident raises questions about the legal rights of residents and patients at senior care facilities like nursing homes. Here are five rights that generally apply to all residents:
Nursing homes must list these rights and make residents aware of them in writing, according to Medicare.gov. For more guidance about what to look for when choosing a nursing home, check out this comprehensive nursing home checklist.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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