Nursing Home Patient Rights in Atlanta, Georgia

Entering into a nursing home can be a frightening experience for a senior who can no longer care for himself or herself.  Seniors and their family members may be concerned about what to expect in a nursing home, especially in light of the prevalence of nursing home abuse. They may also be worried about what their rights will be as patients in an assisted living facility.

Fortunately, nursing home residents are provided with a number of protections under Georgia law. If any of the patient’s rights are violated by the nursing home, then Atlanta elder abuse attorneys can help the patients or family members to take legal action to recover compensation from the facility that failed in their duties.  In many cases, a lawsuit may be filed to hold the nursing home accountable both for actual financial losses as well as for pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death that occur in violation of a patient’s rights. An Atlanta elder abuse attorney can provide more detail about your rights and about your ability to take legal action.

Seniors considering entering into an assisted living facility have rights both before they go into the nursing home and once they become patients. Some of the rights and protections available include:
  • The right to read nursing home admissions agreements in full
  • The right to stay in a nursing home or care facility even after your Medicare benefits have been exhausted
  • The right not to be discharged or transferred from a nursing home facility unless all reasonable alternatives to transfer/discharge have been pursued
  • The right to 30-days written notice before a transfer or a discharge occur
  • The right to adequate and appropriate care
  • The right to be free from discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, disability, national origin, marital status or method of payment for nursing home services
  • The right to take action to have patient protections enforced without fear of retribution
  • The right to vote and to exercise all Constitutional rights
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to practice your religion
  • The right to your own personal property
  • The right to send and receive letters and mail unopened
  • The right to use a telephone
  • The right to manage your own finances
  • The right to be free from the unwarranted use of physical or chemical restraints
  • The right to refuse medical and dental care
  • The right to participate in your care
These are just a few of the many rights that nursing home patients enjoy. First and foremost, however, are the right to reasonable care and the right to be free from abuse and neglect. These and other rights are outlined in a pamphlet provided by the Georgia State Bar Association.

Enforcing Your Rights with the Help of an Atlanta Elder Abuse Attorney

When a nursing home violates your legal rights, at Atlanta elder abuse attorney can help. At Sammons & Carpenter, we have represented patients throughout the Atlanta metro area in all types of nursing home abuse cases, including those involving serious injury or even death. To learn more about how we can help you to protect your rights and take action against an abusive or neglectful nursing home, contact us today at 404-814-8949.

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