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Resident’s Rights Month set

Oct 30, 2012

Seneca Area Agency on Aging and Iowa’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office reminds residents in assisted living and elder group homes of their rights. Generally, assisted living and elder group homes provide a combination of housing and supportive services for individuals who do not need nursing home level of care, but do require more personal care and health services than independent living. It is important for a potential resident to explore options when deciding what type of care and living arrangement best fits his or her needs. It also is important to know his or her rights.

In Iowa, the law governing assisted living facilities and elder group homes is the landlord tenant law.  This is very different than the rights set out in federal and state law for residents in nursing facilities.

All tenants that live in assisted living facilities and elder group homes have the right to:

• Be treated with consideration, respect, and full recognition of personal dignity and autonomy.

• Receive care, treatment and services which are adequate and appropriate.

• Receive respect and privacy in the tenant’s medical care program.  Written consent of the tenant shall be obtained before information about the tenant is shared with anyone.

• Be free from mental and physical abuse.

• Receive a reasonable response (from the manager and staff) to all requests.

• Associate and communicate privately with persons and groups of the tenant’s choice.

• Manage, if able, their own financial affairs.

• Present grievances and recommend changes in program policies and services without fear of reprisal or interference.

For information, contact Joan Nydle, information and assistance and family caregiver specialist with Seneca Area Agency on Aging, by calling 800-642-6522 or emailing jnydle@senec-aaa.org.

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