For California nursing home residents, complete awareness and understanding of their rights as nursing home inhabitants is vital to maintaining their health, safety, and quality of life. The law requires that residents be informed of their rights, and it is crucial these elderly residents clearly grasp the issues to ensure their stays in the nursing homes are comfortable.
As chilling tales of nursing home abuse have come to public attention, the rights of nursing home patients have become more important. Some of these rights include the right to privacy, the right to raise grievances and the right to have them resolved in a timely manner, the right to be free from mental and physical abuse, and the right to not be kept away from other residents. Residents also cannot be restrained unless the restraint serves some necessary medical purpose.