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Resident's Rights

The rights of residents of nursing and adult care homes are recognized and protected by North Carolina State Law. The following is a condensed version of North Carolina's Adult Care Home Bill of Rights.

Every resident shall have the following rights:

  • To be treated with respect, consideration, dignity, and full recognition of his or her individuality and right to privacy.
  • To receive care and services, which are adequate, appropriate, and in compliance with relevant federal and State laws and rules and regulations.
  • To be free of mental and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • To have his or her medical records kept confidential and not disclosed to unauthorized parties without written consent.
  • To receive a reasonable response to his or her requests from the facility administrator or staff.
  • To associate and communicate privately and without restriction with people and groups of his or her own choice at any reasonable hour.
  • To have access at any reasonable hour to a telephone where he or she may speak privately.
  • To send and receive mail promptly and unopened.
  • To be encouraged to exercise his or her rights as a resident and citizen and be permitted to make complaints and suggestions without fear of coercion or retaliation.
  • To have and use his or her own possessions within reason and have an accessible, lockable space provided to secure personal items.
  • To manage his or her personal needs funds unless such authority has been designated to another.
  • To have freedom to participate by choice in accessible community activities and in social, political, medical, and religious resources and to have the freedom to refuse such participation.
  • To receive a copy of the Bill of Rights upon admission to the facility.
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