Patients will be admitted and treated without discrimination in regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex or handicap. Patients have the right to efficient, effective care and courtesy; safe and desirable environment; respectful consideration of their own religious beliefs; protection of dignity, privacy, and sense of security; considerate treatment of their visitors; and fair charges related to the cost of services which they receive.
THIS LIST OF PATIENT RIGHTS ENSURES THAT, AT LEAST, EACH PATIENT ADMITTED TO THIS FACILITY:
- Is fully informed, as evidenced by the patient’s written acknowledgement, prior to or at the time of admission and during stay, of these rights and of all rules and regulations governing patient conduct and responsibilities.
- Is fully informed, prior to or at the time of admissions and during stay, of services available in the facility, and of related charges including any charges for services not covered under Title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, or not covered by the facility’s basic per diem rate;
- Is fully informed by a physician of his medical condition, unless medically contraindicated (as documented, by a physician, in his medical record), and is afforded the opportunity to participate in experimental research;
- Is transferred or discharged only for medical reasons, or for his welfare or that of other patients, or for nonpayment for his stay (except as prohibited by Title XVII or XIX of the Social Security Act), and is given reasonable advance notice to ensure orderly transfer or discharges, and such actions are documented in his medical record. When possible, advance notice of five (5) days will be given to the resident, next of kin, physician and/or responsible party.
- Is encouraged and assisted throughout his stay to exercise his rights as a patient and as a citizen, and to this end may voice grievances and recommend changes in policies and services to facility staff and/or outside representatives of his choice, free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal;
- May manage his/her personal financial affairs, or is given at least a quarterly accounting of the financial transactions made on his/her behalf should the facility accept his/her written delegation of this responsibility to the facility for any period of time in conformance with state law.
- Is free from mental and physical abuse and free from chemical and (except in emergencies) physical restraints except as authorized in writing by a physician for a specified and limited period of time, or when necessary to protect the patient from injury to himself or others.
- Is assured confidential treatment of his/her personal medical records and may approve or refuse their release to any individual outside the facility, except in case of his transfer to another health care institution, or as required by law or third party payment contract;
- Is treated with consideration, respect, and full recognition of his/her dignity and individuality, including privacy in treatment and in care of his/her personal needs.
- Is not required to perform services for the facility that are not included for therapeutic purposes in his plan of care.
- May associate and communicate privately with persons of his/her choice, and send or receive his personal mail unopened, unless medically contraindicated (as documented in his/her medical record by the physician);
- May meet with and participate in the activities of social, religious and community groups at his/her discretion unless medically contraindicated (as documented in his/her medical record by the physician);
- May retain and use his/her personal clothing and possessions as space permits, unless to do so would infringe upon rights of other patients and unless medically contraindicated, as documented in his/her record;
- If married, is assured privacy for visits by his/her spouse; if both are inpatients in the facility, they are permitted to share a room when space is available, unless medically contraindicated, as documented in his/her record.