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All residents have important rights that are protected under federal and state laws. These rights range from the freedom to make decisions about their own care to the freedom from unnecessary restraints and abuse, either verbal or physical.

This program describes those rights and illustrates appropriate methods personnel can use to safeguard them while providing quality care.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • The Right to Be Informed
  • The Right to Make Decisions
  • The Right to Association and Communication
  • The Right to Personal Privacy
  • The Right to Personal Property
  • The Right to Freedom from Abuse and Restraint
  • The Right to Quality Care and Dignity
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of how to identify and safeguard the rights of residents in a long-term care facility. These rights are guaranteed by law.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the specific rights that are protected by federal and state law.
  • Discuss the importance of the individual resident's right to be informed both orally and in writing and when this should occur.
  • Describe how the right to self-determination and the rights to association and communication can be implemented.
  • Discuss circumstances when the right to privacy must be protected.
  • Identify personnel's responsibilities to insure the resident's right to freedom from abuse and restraint.
  • LIst the areas of personal care that a resident should receive to insure quality of care and dignity.

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