The Assisted Living Bill of Rights is a law that protects you if you are in an Assisted Living Facility. You can find the law in the MN statutes at Sec. 144G.91 MN Statutes. This fact sheet covers some of the most important rights you have under the law.
The Bill of Rights protects you in many ways. One of the most important is eviction protection. If your Assisted Living Facility tries to evict you and they have violated any of your rights, you can appeal the eviction.
You can’t be treated badly. You have the right to be free from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. You are also protected from neglect, bad treatment, and financial exploitation. This means someone who wants to use your money or property for themselves.
Your personal privacy and cultural identity must be respected at all times. Unless it’s an emergency, staff where you live should always knock before entering your room. You also have the right to privacy when talking on the phone or in person.
Your right to privacy also covers when you are:
talking about your care to someone
being examined or treated
using the bathroom or other personal hygiene activities.
Respect for your cultural identity can be things like respecting and recognizing your language and customs.
Your personal, financial, and health records must be kept private. If anyone asks for them, you have to be told who it is and why they want them. You can say no to the person who wants to see them unless they are allowed to by law. You can always see your own records.
Before you sign anything having to do with your housing or services, you have the right to know all the details about costs and charges. They have to tell you what you are responsible to pay for. They also have to tell you about any limits on housing or services.