St Eligius Health Center Duluth Complaint Findings for Violation of Patient Rights
In a report concluded on April 4, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites St Eligius Health Center Duluth for patient rights.
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
Substantiated Neglect Violation of Patient Rights St Eligius Health Center Duluth
According to Medicare, in addition to proper medical care, as a resident in a Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified nursing home, you have certain rights and protections under federal and state law that help ensure you get the care and services you need.
The nursing home must tell you about these rights and explain them in writing in a language you understand. They must also explain in writing how you should act and what you’re responsible for while you’re in the nursing home. This must be done before or at the time you’re admitted, as well as during your stay. You must acknowledge in writing that you got this information.
At a minimum, federal law specifies that a nursing home must protect and promote the rights of each resident. As a person with Medicare, you have certain guaranteed rights and protections. In addition to these rights, you also have the right to:
Be treated with respect
You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, as well as make your own schedule and participate in the activities you choose. You have the right to decide when you go to bed, rise in the morning, and eat your meals.
Participate in activities
You have the right to participate in an activities program designed to meet your needs and the needs of the other residents.
Be free from discrimination
Nursing homes don’t have to accept all applicants, but they must comply with local, state, and federal civil rights laws.
- Be free from abuse and neglect
- Be free from restraints
Nursing homes can’t use any physical restraints (like side rails) or chemical restraints (like drugs) to discipline you or for the staff’s own convenience.
You have the right to make a complaint to the staff of the nursing home or any other person without fear of being punished. The nursing home must address the issue promptly.
You have the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, as well as abuse of your money or property (called “misappropriation of property”). Nursing homes can’t keep you apart from everyone else against your will. If you feel you’ve been mistreated (abused) or the nursing home isn’t meeting your needs (neglect), report this to the nursing home administrator.
If you have concerns about patient rights or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.