This Chicago personal injury law blog has looked at some of the horrific problems that can occur when nursing home residents suffer from neglect and abuse. From bed sores and falls to mental trauma and assault, the harm that some nursing home residents must endure while under the watch of care facilities is tragic, heartbreaking and, in some cases, violent. Nursing home residents do, however, have legal rights. Even though they are not living in their own homes, they deserve and have the rights to the respect and duty of care expected of nursing homes and care facilities.
For example, nursing home residents may not be denied access to their friends and loved ones, and unless doing so could harm them, they may also have personal items with them while in their care facilities. Every nursing home resident has the right to maintain confidentiality over his medical information and can choose not to have treatments selected for his care.