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My Rights, My Home, My Life

By Mary Dalton

During the month of October, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program joins a national celebration of Resident Rights Month. This year’s theme is “Reclaiming my rights, my home, and my life”. This theme highlights that although many aspects of long-term care have changed during the pandemic to protect the health of residents, the right to quality individualized care remains the same. 

All long-term care residents have rights guaranteed by the Federal Nursing Home Reform Law. They include the right to be treated with dignity and respect; to privacy; and to develop a comprehensive plan of care with the staff. Other rights include the right to be fully informed about care and treatment options, and the right to file grievances. There are protections in case of involuntary discharge or transfer.

If you or your loved one have questions or concerns regarding the quality of care or quality of life in a long-term care facility, contact your local Long-Term Care Ombudsmen at Missoula Aging Services for a confidential consultation. Long-term Care Ombudsmen are here to help to resolve concerns related to the health, safety, welfare, and resident rights of those living in both nursing homes and assisted living.

We also welcome volunteer help with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Friendly Visitor volunteers assist by making visits to local long-term care facilities to check that residents are healthy, safe and living with as much independence as possible.


For information about volunteering or resident rights, call (406) 728-7682.