A Bill of Rights for Long-Term Care Residents

Ethnic Media Services: A Bill of Rights for Long-Term Care Residents, November 17, 2022

Amid acute staffing shortages made worse by Covid advocates for older adults say more needs to be done to protect the rights of residents in California’s long-term care facilities. A Nov. 16 media briefing organized by Ethnic Media Services, in partnership with the California Department of Aging and the California Department of Health’s VaccinateAll58 campaign, explored the question of rights for residents of long-term care facilities.

Hagar Dickman, a staff attorney with the non-profit Justice in Aging, said The Nursing Home Reform Act lays out the full range of rights to which long-term care residents are entitled. Under the Act, facilities are required to provide the highest level of care they are functionally capable of.

“Person centered care guided by what each resident needs and wants,” she said.

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