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Rights of Elders in Nursing Homes

All adults have the right to make their own decisions, unless they have voluntarily delegated it to someone else or the court has so delegated, provided they have the mental capacity to do so; to be treated with patience and compassion and to receive protective services like health care, medications, personal assistance and privacy in a non-restrictive environment; to socialize with whom and how they choose; to make their own financial decisions, even if someone is assisting them with bill paying; the right to choose their physician etc.  The elder also has the right to confidentiality.

Inside Rights of Elders in Nursing Homes