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:
- 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