An Overview of Assisted Living Resident Rights

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 15 September 2011

Not much thought is given to the Bill of Rights or the  U.S. Constitution until we feel our freedoms have been violated. Though we may take it for granted, Americans are privileged to have certain inalienable rights.

Accordingly, residents of assisted living communities also have specific rights; most states require providers to openly post this document in the facility. (State agencies like the Department of Health or Department of Aging, for example, license and regulate assisted living facilities. Check your state’s regulatory requirements for their posting procedures).

When choosing an assisted living community to call home, consumers (prospective residents, family members, legal guardians, etc.) should ask to see a copy of the facility’s resident rights document.

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recommends the following rights be considered by and provided for in every assisted living community nationwide:

  • Privacy
  • Be treated at all times with dignity and respect
  • Control personal finances
  • Retain and have use of personal possessions
  • Interact freely with others both within the assisted living residence and in the community
  • Freedom of religion
  • Control receipt of health-related services
  • Organize resident councils


Know your rights: consult with an elder law attorney or get legal assistance via your local Area Agency on Aging office for more information.

There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Robin says,

    What is the assisted living’s obligation to tell other families that someone in the facility has scabies or other contagious diseases.


    on 17 June 2012 / 11:06 PM

  2. Robin, that’s a great question. I put the word out to our Twitter community to see if I could get an answer from those working in the field. Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing this important thought!


    on 18 June 2012 / 11:55 AM

  3. Robin, I never heard back from anyone regarding your question. It’s an excellent one though. Did you try calling a local assisted living community to ask what their approach is?


    on 05 July 2012 / 10:16 AM

  4. That may be a good place to start. If I hear from anyone though, I’ll let you know.


    on 05 July 2012 / 10:16 AM


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