Federal and state laws are in effect across the country to help protect the rights of dependent adults and elderly Americans who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including those in New Jersey. However, abuse in nursing homes still occurs, in spite of the laws. So, it is incumbent upon residents and family members to understand their rights and learn how to pursue legal action if necessary.
The laws governing nursing homes guarantee residents their rights and require nursing home facilities to meet a high standard of care. In addition to the New Jersey Department of Health, numerous private and public agencies have oversight of nursing homes in the state. These groups audit the facilities and investigate all complaints, including any alleged neglect or abuse reported by residents or loved ones.