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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Your rights as a nursing home resident in New York State

What rights do I have as a nursing home resident in New York?

According to the New York State Department of Health, nursing home residents have the right to:

• dignity, respect and a comfortable living environment • quality of care and treatment without discrimination • freedom of choice to make your own, independent decisions • be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home • the safeguard of your property and money • appeal a transfer or discharge with the New York State Department of Health • privacy in communications and the treatment and care of personal needs/belongings • choose your own schedule, activities and other preferences that are important to you • receive visitors of your choosing at the time of your choosing • an easy-to-use and responsive complaint procedure • be free from abuse including verbal, sexual, mental and physical abuse • be free from restraints • exercise all of your rights without fear of reprisal • participate in the established resident council at the facility • access and inspect records pertaining to your care

In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a broad revision of nursing home regulations to be phased in during 2018 into 2019.

For a more detailed report on your rights and the required duties nursing homes, please visit


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