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Nursing Home Bill of Rights

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Georgia's Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities established rights for residents of nursing homes when it was enacted almost thirty years ago.

The Bill of Rights clarifies a number of rights specific to residents of nursing homes, such as the right to:

  • Receive detailed information about any medical conditions they have, as well as what types of treatments are available to them.
  • Receive the appropriate care and treatment.
  • Be free of any unnecessary chemical or physical restraints, unless the restraints are used only to prevent injury to the resident or others.
  • Private examinations, as well as the right to have privacy for visits, calls, dressing and while using the bathroom.
  • Confidentiality as to your medical records.
  • Object to an involuntary discharge or transfer and to have 30 days advance notice of such an event.
  • Receive 15 days written notice in the event a resident is transferred to another room or bed in the nursing home.
  • Come and go as the resident pleases, and to go to sleep and wake when the resident chooses.
  • Choose a pharmacy, as well as the right to manage financial affairs.

If you feel that your loved one is being deprived of one or more of these rights, we urge you to contact us for a free, confidential, and sensitive consultation: 1-800-898-HAYS.

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