Nursing homes and residential care facilities are required to provide a high standard of care for their residents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some nursing homes abuse their elderly patients, verbally and physically. Some staff members sexually harass their elderly clients or neglect them by not giving them proper nutrition or hygiene needs such as bathing and dressing themselves properly. Nursing homes may also refuse admission based on race, gender, religion or nationality; accept patients with certain infectious diseases such as tuberculosis or hepatitis that put other residents at risk; fail to provide safe patient rooms; fail to meet the physical needs of residents by not providing adequate food or clothing; allow sexual harassment by staff members against patients who are unable to defend themselves because they’re elderly and frail; use physical punishment on people who cannot defend themselves due to age or disability condition; allow residents inadequate privacy when taking care of personal hygiene needs such as bathing and dressing themselves properly so that other people see them naked when they don’t want others looking at their private parts;”refuse admission” means “do not let someone enter”; “based on” means “because of”;
Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed To Do
1 They can’t refuse to admit someone based on race, gender, religion or nationality.
You are protected from discrimination by federal law. Nursing homes cannot refuse to admit someone because of their race, gender, religion or nationality. They also can’t refuse to admit someone because they are gay, lesbian or transgender. In addition, nursing homes can’t refuse admission based on the person’s different religious beliefs. These protections apply even if the nursing home is run by a religious organization.
Nursing Homes Can’t Discriminate Based on Sex or Sexual Orientation
2 They can’t accept patients who have certain infectious diseases such as hepatitis or tuberculosis.
When you think about the most common reasons for hospitalization, you probably think about things like heart attacks, cancer and other physical ailments. However, there are other conditions that can cause patients to be admitted to a hospital or nursing home.
When your physician diagnoses an illness causing you to need to stay in the hospital or another health care facility for treatment, these facilities have certain requirements they must follow before accepting you as a patient. For example, they must not accept patients who have certain infectious diseases such as Hepatitis or tuberculosis without first obtaining approval from state health officials. To protect your health and safety as well as others’, these regulations make sure that only those people with serious illnesses are admitted into hospitals and nursing homes around the country.
3 They can’t offer patient rooms that aren’t safe.
- Adequate ventilation and lighting
- Adequate heat, cooling and humidity control.
4 They can’t fail to meet the physical needs of their residents.
You may think that nursing homes are only allowed to provide basic care, but that’s not true. Nursing homes must also meet the physical needs of their residents. These include:
- Food and water
- Hygiene (showering, brushing teeth, etc.)
- Medical care (testing blood pressure daily)
- Housing (keeping warm rooms at 70 degrees Fahrenheit)
In addition to these basic necessities, nursing homes must also provide personal care services like bathing or dressing and help with activities such as eating and walking around the building. Nursing home staff must also make sure that there are no safety hazards in a resident’s room or bathroom (for example, too many cords lying around). Finally, residents should be able to get outdoors whenever possible so they can take advantage of fresh air and sunlight—it’s good for them!
5 They can’t allow sexual harassment of residents by staff members.
Sexual harassment is illegal. It’s not only a violation of nursing home staff and patient rights, but it’s also a violation of state and federal laws.
Nursing homes are required to have policies in place to protect all residents from sexual harassment by staff members. If you think that you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual harassment at your local nursing home, contact us immediately at [email protected]
6 They must treat all residents with respect and courtesy, regardless of gender, race, orientation or ability to pay for services.
In addition to the requirements listed above, nursing homes must treat all residents with respect and courtesy, regardless of gender, race, orientation or ability to pay for services. Nursing home staff must be sensitive to the needs of all residents regardless of their gender, race and orientation. They also must be respectful of residents’ privacy and ensure that they are not mistreated by other residents or staff members.
7 Staff members are not allowed to use physical punishment with residents.
As a nursing home employee, you are not allowed to use physical punishment with residents. In some cases, you may be allowed to use physical punishment in order to restrain someone who is violent or otherwise dangerous. However, this type of restraint should never involve hitting or striking the resident.
It is important to note that while staff members are not allowed to physically punish residents, they can still discipline them when necessary if it does not involve any kind of hitting or striking. It is also possible for staff members at a nursing home facility such as yours
8 They must allow residents enough privacy for hygiene needs and daily activities like bathing and dressing.
The nursing home is required to provide residents with privacy while performing daily activities like bathing and dressing. This includes allowing them the time and space necessary to accomplish these tasks without interference from staff members or other residents.
For example, it’s not acceptable for a resident to be forced into showering with someone else present in the room. It’s also unacceptable for a resident to be forced into having someone else present while changing their clothes or using the bathroom. A nursing home should allow each resident his or her own private toilet, sink and shower/bathtub so that he or she can perform his or her hygiene needs comfortably with no one else around.
9 No matter how much money a resident does or does not have, nursing staff must adhere to the same minimum standards of care for all patients.
Regardless of how much money a resident does or does not have, nursing staff must adhere to the same minimum standards of care for all patients. This means that they must provide equal quality meals and medical care regardless of where you live. This is important because it ensures that no one gets left out, and everyone gets the same kind of medical attention.
10 Nursing homes cannot discriminate against people with disabilities by refusing them admission or discriminating against them in any other way once they’re admitted.
You may think that you’re the only one who feels like you’re being discriminated against because of your disability. But it’s actually a common problem in nursing homes.
Nursing homes cannot discriminate against people with disabilities by refusing them admission or discriminating against them in any other way once they’re admitted. The federal law that protects this right is called Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which provides equal access to all programs and services at nursing homes, regardless of whether or not they receive federal financial assistance.
A person’s rights under Section 504 don’t end when they arrive at their new home—they apply throughout their stay there as well. If a person believes he or she has been discriminated against based on race, religion, gender or another personal characteristic protected by law (like age), he or she can file a complaint with OCR within 180 days from first learning about the alleged discrimination via our contact form (below).
11 You need to do your homework before choosing a nursing home or residential care facility because some are better than others
You should be aware that some nursing homes are better than others. A good place to start is by checking out the nursing home ratings on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site lists the quality measures for each facility, as well as their staffing levels and health inspection reports. It will also tell you whether or not a particular facility participates in Medicare and Medicaid programs and if they’ve had recent complaints made against them.
It’s important to keep in mind that just because a nursing home or residential care facility has received good reviews doesn’t mean that it’s right for your loved one. If possible, visit potential facilities before making a final decision about where to send your loved one so that you can see what type of atmosphere is present there and how staff interact with residents during normal activities like meal time or exercise classes.
You may also want to check out any local support groups in your area—these groups often provide valuable insight into which facilities have strong reputations within certain communities (or at least among people who know what they’re talking about).
If abuse or neglect occurs at any time during residency at an assisted living facility or residential care center (or even after discharge), it’s important for families members involved in this situation to document everything carefully using photos/videos etc., get help from friends & family members who can corroborate accounts – these people should also be willing to speak up as witnesses if needed later on; call police immediately; contact lawyer if necessary
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the regulations that govern nursing homes and residential care facilities. We also know that choosing one can be difficult, but we encourage you to do your research and make sure it’s the right fit for your loved one. After all, their health and happiness is worth it!