Nursing Home Bill of Rights in North Carolina and Virginia
North Carolina and Virginia have State and Federal laws that determine the rights of the elderly in nursing homes and elder care facilities. Violations of these rights are grounds for legal action against the nursing home or elder care facility. If you or a loved one has been harmed because one or more of these rights were violated, please contact Joe Miller Law, Ltd., to review whether you have a claim for damages and to review how to make sure these rights are enforced. It is important to note that specific rules and regulations may vary depending on your state and the type of facility you are in. Contact Joe Miller Law, Ltd., to determine which laws and regulations apply for your situation. In general, nursing home patients have:
- The right to be treated with respect and dignity.
- The right to receive adequate care in accordance with local and federal laws and regulations.
- The right to a written statement of the services and the charges for these services
- The right to be free from abuse and neglect.
- The right to not have physical or chemical restraints unless there’s an emergency or an appropriate medical order.
- The right to have one’s medical information/records kept private.
- The right to a timely reply to requests
- The right to freely associate privately with others during reasonable hours.
- The right to telephone privileges.
- The right to get and send mail privately and to have (at cost) the means to write.
- The right to make complaints without fear of reprisal.
- The right to one’s possession and to safe-keeping for valuable possessions.
- The right to manage one’s finances, unless those rights have been properly transferred.
- The right to notice when the state Department of Human Resources finds the facility’s license is being downgraded or revoked.
- The right to participate in social, religious, medical and political community activities
- The right to get a notice, on admission, of one’s rights
- The right not to be transferred except for valid reasons such as nonpayment or medical reasons.
How Joe Miller can help with Nursing Home Abuse Cases
I work with the elderly and their families to make sure elder citizens are protected while in a nursing home. If rights were violated or there was abuse, please contact Norfolk injury attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today by calling (888) 694-1671. I will work to explain your rights and help you pursue compensation for abuse, neglect, or violation of your rights – or those of a loved one.