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Resident's Rights: The Resident's Perspective
Under federal regulations all nursing homes must have a written policy describing resident's rights. For staff providing care, perhaps the best training they can have is hearing the definition of resident's rights directly from the residents themselves.
In a series of interviews, residents emphasize that their room is their home. Anyone who enters their room is a guest and should respect their privacy and their choices. A knock on the door, a courteous greeting, knowing personal preferences and offering choices are all included in their comments. They have preferences about activities in which they would like to participate, opinions about going outside, and where they would like to sit. As one resident puts it, "We'd like to control our own destiny, " and this should be accommodated whenever possible.