After discussing your options with family members, you have decided that pursuing in-home health care is the right alternative for you. You are excited about the possibility of having someone come to your home in Ohio to assist you with everyday needs from planning appointments and coordinating medical care, to taking a shower and organizing your finances. However, it is important that you understand what your rights are as a patient receiving home-health assistance.
According to medicare.gov, you are protected under federal law just the same as other medical patients, even though you are receiving treatment at home. Your rights include the following:
- You have the right to be an active participant in making decisions regarding your health care. You should also have access to a copy of the agreement that was made regarding your health care so you can reference it at any time, especially if you suspect you are not receiving everything you were promised.
- You have the right to select a home-health agency that you are comfortable working with and to change it at any time if you are unsatisfied with the service.
- You have the right to choose someone to be a proxy or an advocate for you if there are times when a decision needs to be made and you are unable to make that decision.
- You have the right to feel safe in your home and to be confident that your property will be treated respectfully and carefully.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.