State and federal regulations require nursing homes to have written policies covering the rights of residents.

The nursing home's staff must implement these policies and explain them to you.

Any person requiring nursing home care should be able to enter any nursing home and receive appropriate care, be treated with courtesy and enjoy continued civil and legal rights.

This booklet describes your rights and the responsibilities nursing homes have for ensuring those rights.

The basic right of any nursing home resident is to be treated with dignity and respect. All other rights support this basic premise.

The New York State Department of Health is committed to ensuring that every nursing home resident's rights are protected and supported.

This booklet is designed to provide information so that residents, and their loved ones, are aware of these rights. It is important that residents and their representatives communicate regularly with nursing home staff to ensure a meaningful, respectful, and helpful environment.