Bill of Rights

The fundamental principle to be applied in the interpretation of the Nursing Home Act and Regulations is that a long term care facility is primarily the home of its residents. As such, it is to be operated in such a way that the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of each of its residents are adequately met.

Every long term care facility shall ensure that the following rights of its residents are respected and promoted.

Residents' Rights

Residents of long-term care homes deserve to be cared for in a respectful and compassionate way. They can and should expect their lives to be free from abuse and neglect.

Each of the three acts that govern long-term care homes provides for the rights of residents. The Nursing Homes Act, for example, includes a "Residents' Bill of Rights”.

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