Nursing Home Visitors
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
As a nursing home resident, you have the right to visitors. You also have the right to turn most visitors away, with a few exceptions. #8410EN
- I live in a nursing home. Can I have visitors?
- Can my visitors stop by late in the evening?
- Can my family visit without an appointment?
- Can my same-sex spouse visit?
- Can the nursing home refuse to let a non-relative visit me?
- Can my social worker visit?
- What if I do not want to see my guardian?
- What if I do not want any visitors?
Yes! You have the right to visitors. You also have the right to turn most visitors away. (There are a few exceptions.)
Yes. You can have visitors at any time.
Yes. You can always refuse to see them.
Yes, for these reasons:
1. Out of “clinical and safety concerns.” Examples: a visitor
Has a contagious illness.
Has been abusing/using/bullying you.
Has been stealing from residents.
Is drunk and disruptive.
2. Allowing this visitor would infringe on other residents’ rights. Example: Your
daughter brings her dog to visit you. Your roommate is allergic to dogs. (The nursing home does not have to refuse the dog outright. There may be solutions such as your daughter keeping the dog outside for you to visit, or your roommate transferring so you can get a non-allergic roommate.)
Yes. Anyone from health/social/legal services can visit, unless the home has clinic and safety concerns about them.
You can refuse to see almost anyone. Your guardian or agent under power of attorney cannot see you if their papers do not give them the right to see you over your refusal.
You cannot turn away
A government inspector.
Someone from the state protection and advocacy system.
This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice.
This information is current as of December 2017.
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