What legal rights do residents of nursing homes in Houston have?

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Under federal law, nursing home residents are protected. Nursing home residents also have rights pursuant to state law.

Nursing home residents have the right to control their medical treatment and their care. They have the right to have visitors. They are not to be abused in any way or restrained. They can complain to the facility about poor care. They have the right to personal privacy, as well as to have personal clothes and belongings that are not interfered with. They have the right to learn about all of their treatment options and costs. They have the right to be seen by a physician. There are also special rules about their medical records – they have the right to privacy regarding their medical records, as well as to see and retain copies of their records.

Sadly, many nursing home residents do not receive high quality care. Many nursing home residents are subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual assault, or neglect. Almost ten percent of nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for violations that pose the risk of serious death or injury. About 40 percent of nursing home residents have filed complaints about abuse. The residents who are most at risk of abuse include those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other mental issues.

If your loved one is displaying signs of poor treatment at a Houston nursing home, including unexplained injuries, bedsores, malnutrition, or dehydration, you should speak with an attorney. Your loved one has legal rights. Call the Houston nursing home abuse attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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