All nursing home residents have legal rights that help them avoid being the victim of any sort of elder abuse or neglect. For nursing home residents and their family members, becoming familiar with those rights is vital to ensure these rights aren't infringed upon. In some cases, a violation of these basic rights is an indication that the resident might become the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse.
One very important right is that residents can participate in their care planning. This means that they have the right to accept or refuse treatments as they desire. In no case can the resident be tied down or restrained unless it is necessary for them to receive treatment for their medical conditions. The improper use of restraints is a serious violation of residents' rights.