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Protecting the Rights of the Elderly Residing in Florida Nursing Homes

For many families, when the needs and care of a loved one becomes more than they can handle, a nursing home is the best option in providing the assistance the family is no longer able to give. However, not all nursing homes provide the care families expect. If a loved one was abused in a nursing home, you should hire a St. Petersburg nursing home abuse lawyer to protect the individual’s legal rights and get them the just compensation they deserve.

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Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights

Chapter 400 of the Florida Statute contains what is known as the Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights was designed to protect the elderly and the handicapped residing in Florida’s numerous nursing home facilities.

The following highlights the six sections within the Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights:

–          Right to individual dignity – This includes the right to be respected and treated fairly, be free from any type of abuse, and the right to privacy.

–          Right to information – This includes providing the elderly resident with sufficient information on the medical care they receive and the support services available.

–          Right to financial information and disclosure – The elderly resident has the right to know about all available financial resources and explanations of charges for the medical treatment provided.

–          Right to access to health care – The elderly resident has the right to reasonable health care and legal services.

–          Right to experimental research–The elderly resident has the right to know about, and consent to, any medical treatment used for experimental research.

–          Right to obtain knowledge of patient’s rights and responsibilities–The elderly resident has the right to know of their rights and responsibilities upon receiving care from a facility and health care provider.

If a nursing home violates any section of the Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights, you should contact a St. Petersburg nursing home abuse lawyer as you may have a valid legal claim against the facility.

Contact Us

If someone you love has been abused or has suffered negligence while in a nursing home that led to serious injury or death, call St. Petersburg nursing home abuse lawyer Peter Giroux at (727) 895-5399.