Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident in New York State and Nursing Home Responsibilities

Resident Rights

You have the right to:

  • dignity, respect and a comfortable living environment
  • quality of care and treatment without discrimination
  • freedom of choice to make your own, independent decisions
  • be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home
  • the safeguard of your property and money
  • appeal a transfer or discharge with the New York State Department of Health
  • privacy in communications
  • choose your own schedule, activities and other preferences that are important to you
  • receive visitors of your choosing at the time of your choosing
  • an easy-to-use and responsive complaint procedure
  • be free from abuse including verbal, sexual, mental and physical abuse
  • be free from restraints
  • exercise all of your rights without fear of reprisals

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