Nursing Home Residents Sign Away Their Rights

When someone enters a nursing home or assisted living facility, there is a mountain of paper work to fill out. One includes a clause that waives the resident’s right to a jury if they suffer severe neglect, serious injuries, death or sexual and physical abuse. These forced arbitration clauses are signed by elderly, ill, or injured people or their families when they are vulnerable, confused, and desperate. Often, the clauses are not explained. When they are explained, inadequate information is given. The federal government is considering a change in the law to prevent nursing homes that receive federal funds from forcing nursing home residents to sign these documents.