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Nursing Home Resident Rights in Arizona – Part 1

If a loved one is considering living in a nursing home or if he/she already does, there are certain Arizona nursing home resident rights you should know. First, any nursing home resident keeps all fundamental civil or human rights and liberties when they are admitted to a nursing home. Below is a list of other nursing home resident rights as provided by both federal and Arizona state statutes and rules.

Pre-Admission Rights
Before choosing a nursing home, you have rights as a prospective consumer. You may:
-Visit and tour the facility
-Contact the Office of Long Term Care (602-364-2690) and the State Long Term Care Obudsman (602-542-4446) for additional information about the facility
-Review the facility’s admission agreements and receive a written notice laying out rates of basic services, optional services and whether Medicare or Medicaid is accepted. ***For those already in a facility: Any changes in rates or services must be given via written notice 60 days in advance.

Admission Rights
– A nursing home must inform you of all of your rights, rules or regulations, including those relating to transfer and discharge policies. These must be presented in a language or manner that you understand – through both written and oral information available to residents and/or resident representatives
-Prior to signing any paperwork, you have the right to carefully review and understand all contracts and agreements presented to you
-The nursing home cannot require a co-signer for payment, but it may require a relative or legal representative to ensure payment from your income or resources.
-You cannot be asked to provide a down payment or security deposit if you are a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary

Basic Rights
Every resident has the right to:
-Be treated with respect and dignity, in recognition of a resident’s individuality and preferences
-Quality care and treatment that is fair and free from discrimination

Living Accommodations and Care
Nursing home residents have the right to:
-Express a preference in room and roommate and be advised in writing before any changes are made
-A safe, clean, comfortable, and home-like environment
-Receive care that enhances a quality of life, which includes quality food in the quantity needed
-The services necessary to attain or maintain the highest level of functioning

For more Arizona nursing home resident rights, read part 2 of this blog.

If these rights are not followed by a nursing home, you may file a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services. If a violation of these Arizona nursing home resident rightsresulted in serious injury or wrongful death, contact the expert Arizona nursing home attorneys at Knapp & Roberts as soon as possible. You may set up a free initial consultation by calling 480-991-7677 today.

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