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Patients Rights

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Patients rights allow you to understand your role and rights in the home health care that you receive. Read them carefully when home care staff comes to your home - they all make sense and provide a basic level of understanding from day one.

Patients rights will help you understand what to expect and what not to expect in home health care.

All Patients Shall Have The Following Rights:
  • The right to impartial access to care and treatment that is medically necessary, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap or ability to pay.

  • The right to receive care which is compassionate, considerate, respectful, and sensitive to the patient' s personal values and belief system.

  • The right to receive quality patient care in a safe manner and in a clean and safe environment.

  • The right to clinical pastoral care services to assess and meet his/her spiritual needs.

  • The right to consult with appropriate persons to resolve ethical dilemmas regarding care.

  • The right to have a family member or representative of his/her choice and his/her physician notified in a timely manner of his/her admission to the hospital.

  • The right to be free from physical or chemical restraints and/or seclusions of any form that are not medically necessary.

  • The right to have his/her level of pain assessed and a plan designed to address pain control and management.

  • The right to be fully informed in advance of the care or treatment proposed and to participate in the planning of his/her care and treatment.

  • The right to consent to or refuse treatment after being provided sufficient information to make informed decisions about the proposed treatment, the benefits and risks of such proposed treatment, and the alternatives to such treatment.

  • The right to receive information concerning his/her right to formulate advance directives.

  • The right to designate a surrogate decision-maker who will have the right to exercise the patient' s rights when and if he/she is incapable of doing so to the extent permitted by law.

  • The right to be informed of the reason for any proposed transfer within or outside of the facility and the alternatives to any such transfer.

  • The right to personal privacy.

  • The right to have his/her medical information and records kept confidential.

  • The right to access his/her medical records in accordance with the applicable laws and hospital policy.

  • The right to know the identity and professional status of any person involved in his/her care and the relationship of that person to the hospital.

  • The right to know the reason for any proposed change in professional staff responsible for the patient's care.

  • The right to be informed of and to either consent to or refuse to participate in any proposed experimental or research project without compromising his/her access to treatment or services.

  • The right to examine and receive an explanation of his/her bills, regardless of the source of payment.

  • The right to be informed of the source of the facility's reimbursement for his/her services, and of any limitations which may be placed upon his/her care.

  • The right to receive information concerning the rights and responsibilities which are specific to the area of service which he/she is being treated; i.e., Medical Rehabilitation.

  • The right to exercise his/her rights while receiving care or treatment without discrimination, harassment, abuse, coercion, or retaliation.

These patients rights can help clear up muddied waters and allow both the staff and the patient to understand roles, regulations and expectations. If you have questions, please talk to your home health care staff about them.


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