Nursing Home Rights in Texas

Published on December 19th, 2019

Like all right-thinking individuals, Jesse Hernandez is opposed to all forms of physical violence. He is a San Antonio domestic violence attorney who firmly believes in the right of every person to be safe in their own home. He’s also dedicated to protecting the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens, nursing home residents.

No one surrenders their rights when they enter a nursing home, and to help protect you or a loved one, here are a few of the basic rights of nursing home residents under both state and federal laws.

Dignity and respect

Nursing home residents have the right to:

  • Live in safe, decent and clean conditions.
  • Be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Be free from discrimination based on age, sex, race, religion, nationality, disability, marital status or source of payment.
  • Practice their own religious beliefs.
  • Keep private property and have it protected against theft or loss.
  • Be free of any chemical or physical restraints not needed to treat their medical condition.

Freedom of choice

Nursing home residents have the right to:

  • Make their own choices regarding personal affairs, care, benefits and services.
  • Choose their own doctor, either at their own expense or through an insurance plan.
  • Manage their own financial affairs or delegate that authority to another person.

Privacy and confidentiality

Residents have the right to:

  • Privacy during visits, phone calls and while attending to personal needs.
  • Have facility information about you kept confidential.
  • Send and receive unopened mail.

This is just a partial listing of the rights of nursing home residents, and you can find a complete list here from Texas Health and Human Services.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, call attorney Jesse Hernandez today for immediate assistance.

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