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Resident's Rights

Access and Visitation Rights


  • The resident has the right and the facility must provide immediate access to any resident by the following:
    • Any representative of the Secretary
    • Any representative of the State
    • The resident’s individual physician
    • The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    • The agency responsible for the protection and advocacy system for developmentally disabled individuals
    • The agency responsible for the protection and advocacy system for mentally ill individuals
    • Immediate family or other relatives of the resident
    • Others who are visiting with the consent of the resident
  • The facility must allow representatives of the State Ombudsman to examine a resident’s clinical records permission of the resident or the resident’s legal representative, and consistent with State law.
  • The resident has the right to have reasonable access to the use of a telephone where calls can be made without being overheard.
  • The resident has the right to retain and use personal possessions, including some furnishings, and appropriate clothing, as space permits, unless to do so would infringe upon the rights or health and safety of other residents.
  • The resident has the right to share a room with his or her spouse when married residents