Federal Basic Rights for residents of nursing homes

These federally guaranteed rights only apply to residents of nursing homes and their friends and families. As a nursing home resident in the United States of America, you do not give up any of your rights as an American Citizen when you move into a nursing home. In cases where a family member or friend holds a Power of Attorney and acts as the responsible representative of a person living in a nursing home, these rights apply equally to that responsible representative.

As a nursing home resident you have the right to:


In Assisted Living Facilities and for those receiving long-term care services at home or in community-based settings there are no specific rights granted by the federal government other than those that apply to all American citizens.