Residential Care Flyer
YOUR RIGHTS AS A RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY RESIDENT
RIGHT TO NOTICE OF DISCHARGE AND APPEAL
A resident must be given at least 30 days written notice if the facility wants to transfer or discharge the resident. The facility can only make exceptions to this rule in emergency situations, and they must receive permission from the Department of Public Health. The resident has the right to appeal an involuntary transfer or discharge to the Department of Public Health within ten days of receiving the notice from the facility. The resident is entitled to a hearing in front of the Commissioner of Public Health within seven business days.
RIGHT TO A DISCHARGE PLAN
The facility must create an appropriate discharge plan for the resident.
RIGHT TO NOTICE OF RIGHTS AND RULES
Residents have the right to be fully informed, orally and in writing, in a language they understand, of their rights and the facility’s rules about conduct and responsibilities, and of changes in their rights and in the facility’s rules.
RIGHT TO EXERCISE RIGHTS WITHOUT RETALIATION
Residents have the right to exercise their rights without fear of discrimination, interference, coercion or reprisal. Residents can also work with an outside representative of their choice like CLRP to advocate for their preferences.
RIGHT TO CONTROL FINANCES AND/OR RECEIVE ACCOUNTINGS
If the resident does not have a conservator of estate, they have the right to control their own personal financial affairs and cannot be required to deposit their personal funds into the facility account. If the facility is acting as the resident’s representative payee, the resident is entitled to a quarterly accounting of all financial transactions made on their behalf.
RIGHT TO PRIVACY
Residents have the right to communicate privately with persons of their choice, including other residents. Residents have the right to send and promptly receive unopened mail, and make and receive telephone calls Privately.
RIGHT TO PERSONAL POSSESSIONS
Residents may keep and use their personal clothing and possessions, including cigarettes.
MORE RIGHTS AND INFORMATION
These are only some of your rights as a Residential Care Facility Resident. More rights, and more information about your rights, can be found in the Connecticut General Statutes, Sections 19a-535a and 19a-550.
For more information about your rights, or help from a legal advocate, call
CONNECTICUT LEGAL RIGHTS PROJECT, INC.
Telephone (860) 262-5030
TTY (860) 262-5066
Toll Free (877) 402-2299
P.O. BOX 351 SILVER STREET
MIDDLETOWN, CT 06457