Honoring Resident Rights Every Day

October is “Resident’s Rights Month,” an annual event that honors all residents living in long-term care centers. The skilled team of specialists across all Gulf Coast Health Care centers wanted to share this event with our readers and highlight how we’re celebrating our residents and honoring their rights every day. 

Many of those living with us are cherished parents, grandparents or were once caregivers themselves. We know how much love they passed on to their families while taking on the roles of cook, chauffer, doctor, porter, and teacher throughout their years. Now it’s our turn to show them how much they’re appreciated—through compassionate, rehabilitative and restorative care. 

Honoring resident rights is weaved into the daily fabric of care at Gulf Coast Health Care. It’s a part of everything we do from enhancing quality of life and quality of choices to providing quality care and quality services. And we are honored to do it.

Providing compassionate care for your elderly family member

Aside from providing unmatched medical care and service, preserving our resident’s self-esteem and independence is our top priority. When you or your loved one resides at one of our esteemed centers, your room is your room. We’ll always knock before entering, ask before we move belongings and help you prepare for the day or night (if needed) using the toiletries, clothing and styling products of your choosing. 

We understand this is your home and will honor your privacy, safety and choices. We want all of our residents to feel right at home with us from the moment they move in.

Advocating for residents from day one

Making the decision to move your parents or grandparents into a long-term care center is never easy. You want to feel good about your decision and ensure your family member will be treated with the utmost care and compassion. Our experienced clinical teams understand how confusing this process can be—that’s why you’ll have a dedicated admissions coordinator to help you every step of the way. He or she will help ease your family into this difficult transition by making it as seamless as possible.

What are the resident’s rights?

People living in long-term care centers always have the right to:

  • Information in a language they understand
  • Make independent choices based on their needs and preferences
  • Participate in all aspects of their care
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Participate in social, religious and community activities
  • Safe and appropriate transfer and discharge, including the right to appeal decisions
  • Complain without fear of repercussions
  • Be free from discrimination, abuse, neglect and restraints
  • Organize and participate in resident groups or councils
  • Information about living in the community
  • Visits from friends, family, providers and other people of your choosing

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about the daily life of a Gulf Coast Health Center resident, please find a location near you and speak to one of our experienced admissions coordinators today. 

Welcome to Gulf Coast, no matter the need, we’re committed to helping you or your loved one achieve the highest level of independence, health and happiness.